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Pay back time as Sunshine Stars host Gombe

By Jacob Ajom
After Thursday’s rescheduled fixture against Heartland of Owerri, Sunshine Stars of Akure will this Sunday have an opportunity to stamp their authority in the on-going Globacom Premier League as they host eighth placed Gombe United at the Akure Township stadium.

General Manager of the Akure-based team, Mike Idoko confirmed that having just gone to the bank with the recent release of their 50% sign-on fees, his wards were more motivated now than ever.

Idoko said in a telephone chat with Saturday Vanguard sports early in the week, “I can assure you that before our  return from Owerri(where the team had a mid-week rescheduled fixture with Heartland), the money would be in their accounts.”

He said with the new spirit in camp, the boys were ready to impress and work hard to prove that they were no push overs in the league.

“When we played Gombe on their home ground in the first round of the league, we lost 2-1 but they saw the kind of football we gave to them. They will be coming with caution but we are out to prove we are equal to the task,” Idoko said.
“At this level of the league, no team is easy. We will remain focussed and take our opponents as they come, Gombe won’t be an exception.”

Before the Thursday reversed fixture against Heartland, Sunshine Stars were placed 6th while Gombe United were in the 8th position, in the 20 team log.

Asked about the impact of his presence on the team as he was contracted to salvage the dwindling fortunes of the club, Idoko retorted, “I don’t want to talk now, may be at the end of the season. I was contracted for two years. I was not only hired for Sunshine, but to also see to the development of football in the state generally.

Apart from Sunshine Stars, we also have Sunshine Queens and the state youth team. All these fall under my portfolio and I should not be talking about myself. It is my employers and you(the media) that can assess me. I cannot blow my own trumpet.”


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