By JOHN EGBOKHAN
After leading Sunshine Stars to a stunning fightback against Recreativo de Libolo in a CAF Champions League second leg match at the weekend, Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote has said that the lone surviving Nigerian team in the continent’s most glamorous club competition, are not going to rest on their laurels as they attempt to qualify for the lucrative league stage.
Sunshine Stars fought back from a 4-1 first leg deficit to win 3-0 at Ijebu-Ode and progress on away goals rule, a feat that Ogunbote feels has made the club the target of other clubs still standing in the competition. He said that the Angolans undoing was their decision to defend from the start of the match.
“It was a good match because it gave us our desired result. I am satisfied and happy with the way the team played. We had a job to do and they executed it accordingly. That job was to score three without conceding and we did just that. Everyone was given specific roles to play on the pitch today and they all did their jobs. I think it was a collective effort and not that of any player alone. They all played well.
“Recreativo de Libolo are a good side no doubt about that. They have been very professional in the way they played against us .We have respect for them and It was a tough match against them. But I feel that they got it wrong when they came with a defensive formation. I was surprised that they came to defend a 4-1 first leg win. If they had attacked us, the result might have been different. But with a defensive plan, they made our job easy”, added Ogunbote.
the country, that Sunshine Stars will try to attain the feat achieved by Enyimba in the 2003-2004 editions.
“I thank God so much and I thank Nigerians for their support and prayers that has given us victory today. We are not going to sleep but to work harder because we know it will be getting tougher as we progress. We will not let Nigerians down. We want to do what Enyimba did in 2003”, said Ogunbote.