By John Egbokhan
Since the fall started, the free-fall has set in for Sunshine Stars, who have tumbled from the top spot on the table to fourth and may end up in the fifth position at the end of this weekend’s round of matches in the Glo Premier League.
Whoever thought the season that started with high promises for the Sunshine Stars squad may be heading for an anti-climatic ending, with six games left to play?
Who saw it coming, that the team which led the pack for more than 26 weeks will be playing catchup and fighting for a bite of the cherry, vis-a-vis a ticket to play in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup? Surely, it has been a 360 degrees curve for the Coach Kennedy Boboye’s charges, who have lost grounds to Enyimba, Warri
Wolves and Wikki Tourist and may well be overtaken by Giwa if they lose to Pillars tomorrow at the Sai Abacha Stadium in Kano.
Pillars, winners of the title in the last three seasons, have had their fair share of problems this season, which account for their ninth position on the table, with 46 points, but still nurse faint hopes of catching up with fourth-placed Giwa, on 51 points.
Considering the fact that fifth-placed Nasarawa Utd have 49 points, a Pillars victory over Sunshine Stars and an unlikely away loss by Nasarawa to Bayelsa United, will change the complexion of the table, with Pillars matching Nasawawa on points.
Interestingly, Pillars coach, Baba Ganaru was Nasarawa’s former coach, poached from the latter in the course of the season, when Okey Emordi was sacked because of poor results.
Interestingly, since Baba Ganaru left them, Nasarawa have been waxing stronger, even ending Pillars unbeaten run at their fortress Sani Abacha stadium. It is this form that Nasarawa United take to Oghara to play relegation-hunted Bayelsa United while Pillars hope to prey on Sunshine Stars to keep up their slim hope for Confederation Cup ticket.