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Sunshine Stars get kudos for holding Etoile

Lagos – The Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA) on Sunday hailed the Akure-based Sunshine Stars FC’s scoreless away draw to Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia, in the CAF Champions League.

OSFA’s Executive Director, Mike Idoko, in a telephone interview described Saturday’s 0-0 result as a morale booster to the team.

Sunshine FC had earlier lost its first match in the money-spinning stage of the competition 0-2 to Esperance of Tunisia at Ijebu-Ode.

“Getting a point on the road is better than losing at home; although we wanted outright victory, but unfortunately we could not score.

“I think this is good for the boys’ confidence. The result will motivate the team in our next away match against the Algerian team.

“I want to assure our fans that in our next match, we will play our hearts out and get the long awaited victory, to top our group,” Idoko said.

The OSFA official assured football fans to expect more from the club, in spite of the loss the team suffered in Ijebu-Ode.

Also, Akin Akinbobola, the Special Adviser on Sports to Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, advised the team to remain focused ahead of their subsequent matches in the competition.

“We are happy about the outcome of the match. Though we would have preferred a win, because the charge that was given to them was to win.

“As it is now, they have to remain focused,” he said.

Akinbobola commended the quality of play displayed by the players in Saturday’s encounter, and advised the team to get their scoring skills right.

“They played according to the plan. They were tactical in their approach.

“What we need them to do now is to convert their chances at scoring goals.

“We are happy, and we will ensure that our next match will be a must win for us to top our group,” Akinbobola said. (NAN)


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