Udi  Confident of Sunshine Stay in Top Division 


Sunshine Stars of Akure head coach, Duke Udi has assured teeming fans of the club that the side have escaped relegation in the on-going top-flight after a massive win against FC IfeanyiUbah.

The Owena Waves whipped the Anambra Warriors 4-0 in one of yesterday’s  Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matchday 37 clash at the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode.

Ajibola Otegbeye scored from the penalty spot in the 18th minute to give the Akure landlords the lead and only goal in the first half of the clash.

Central defender, Kelechi Ogoh scored a brace in the 56th and 71st minute while former FC IfeanyiUbah attacking midfielder, Tope Orelope grabbed the winner for his side in the 80th minute to hand the Akure side the cushioning three points at stake.

Udi said his side met tactically and technically sound side but insisted that the Akure outfit were hungrier for the whole the points at stake.

“Yes, Sunshine Stars will certainly play in the top-flight next season with this massive victory against FC IfeanyiUbah.

“I can tell you comfortably that we are completely out of relegation for this season with a game to go at Remo Stars.

“What we need at Remo Stars in Sagamu next Sunday is just a point to successfully put a seal on our top-flight stay.

“FC IfeanyiUbah are good side tactically and technically we did not allow them room to operate in the game.

“Of course, the game was a-must-win for us but not a-must-win for FC IfeanyiUbah and we are hungrier for victory than the visitors.

“We needed the three points badly to have a clear chance to avoid relegation so we went the extra mile in our performance.

“Right now we have 100% destiny in our hands going into the final day match at relegated side, Remo Stars.

“We always respect our opponents same thing will happen when we square up against Remo Stars, we will never underrate the side despite their poor position on the log.

“I think the unity among the players and motivation from the management has helped us tremendously to stay clear of the drop especially since I joined the side,” said the former Osun United coach to supersport.com.

Sunshine Stars are 13th on the 20-team top-flight log on 51 points 12 behind league leaders, Plateau United.


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