CAF Champions League: Sunshine Stars win in Ijebu-ode

Sunshine Stars International put behind the nightmares of their last home loss to Esperance as they Sunday cruised to a 2-0 win over visiting ASO Chlef of Algeria.

The win is the first for the Nigerian representatives in the Group Phase of the CAF Champions League as the Nigerian representatives got their campaign back on track at the Dipo Dina Stadium, Ijebu Ode.

The Akure Gunners who started the day in third spot with just one point from two games were fully aware that nothing other than a victory will help their lot in the quest for a semi final place in Africa’s biggest club competition 

Game plan

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote started four strikers on the day as he wants to the get the goals that seems to have eluded the Ondo state owned team.

Sunshine Stars hit the ground running from the blast of the whistle creating a lot of opportunity within the first ten minutes.

The vociferous supporters present at the Ijebu Ode Stadium were left reeling on the edge of their seats as the Coach  Ogunbote tutored side wasted many chances thereby ending the first 45minutes goalless.

Better half

However the Mimiko Boys came out smoking in the second half as they stepped up their game at the resumption of hostilities with Dare Olorundare heading into the net the first goal of the fairly balanced game just three minutes into the second half.

Olorundare jumped above the tall defenders from Algeria to connect to a well taken corner kick from the left flank.

On the hour mark, Izu Azuka one of the invited players to the Super Eagles camp ahead of the August 15 friendly buried a shot to left corner of Algerian goalkeeper Mohammed Ghalem to double Sunshine’s lead.

While the Akure Gunners pressed for more goals they were denied by the reflexes of the very tall Algerian goalkeeper Ghalem.

With Sunday’s victory Sunshine Stars now have four points while their opponents ASO Chlef are still on zero having loss all three matches played so far.

An elated Coach Ogunbote told Premium Times after the match he was impressed with his team’s performance even though he admitted that there was room for improvement

“Before the match we told ourselves we are going into the pitch to commit suicide and still came out alive


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