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Can Sunshine Halt Poor Run With 3SC Calling?

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Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu, LAGOS

By this time last season, Sunshine Stars of Akure was dictating the pace on the league table with four wins, two draws and two loses. It was the time former coach, Kenedy Boboye, was calling the shot as coach.
Today, as at week eight of the ongoing season, the team is yet to register a win and have cut a shadow figure of the club that nearly upset the apple’s cat last season.
In the opening day of the season, Sunshine Stars drew 1-1 at home to Akwa United, with the home side forcing the visitors to that score line.
In week two at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi against Lobi Stars, Sunshine lost 1-2, even trailing 0-2 before the solitary goal in the second half.
Sunshine Stars week three match against Enyimba in Akure was postponed due to Enyimba’s CAF Champions League engagement. The club, however, returned to action in week four against Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries in Lagos. The result was a 0-1 loss. It, however, led to the sack of then head coach, Samson Unuanel, and Team Manager, Henry Abiodun.
The sacking of Unuanel and the appointment of Sunshine Queens coach, Kayode Olujohugbe, on interim basis, did not restore the fortunes of the club as it forced FC IfeanyiUba to a 1-1 draw at the Akure Township Stadium.
This was followed by another 0-1 away loss to Giwa FC in Jos. Incidentally, this same club and majority of the present squad were the frontrunners last season, and at a point, were tipped as one of the favourites alongside Enyimba and Warri Wolves for the title.
Due to Nasarawa United’s continental engagement, Sunshine Stars could not play its week 7 match, but returned at week eight with a face-saving goalless at Rivers United in Port Harcourt.
Speaking to Independent on the goings-on at the club, Wahab Bankole, Media Officer of Sunshine, said the development was a sad one, which has given the management a huge cause for concern.
“You can’t believe this is the same club that contested for the league last season; we don’t know what the boys actually need to start winning matches.
“If it is motivation, the players can attest that we are up and doing and will always make their welfare top priority. But they have to start winning matches,” he said.
The media officer said that the management was not owing them except winning bonuses, revealing that once they start winning, they will start getting their bonuses.
“We do not owe them except their winning bonuses; of course they must win to earn the bonus. If they don’t win, they can’t be paid that,” he said.
A player of the club, who declined to be named, however, blamed the club’s declining fortunes on the exit of Boboye, saying the coaches that have succeeded him were bringing something alien to them.
“To me, it was due to the exit of our former coach; we need time to adapt to all these new tactics these other coaches are bringing. These other tactics are foreign to us.
“Before, we play more of zonal marking, but now I don’t even understand our pattern,” he said.
On Sunday, the Stars, which is 20th on the table, will play 13th placed Shooting Stars in Akure. According to Bankole, while speaking to Independent, the players were expected to use the match as a springboard for resuscitation.
“They should go for outright victory. This match against 3SC should mark the beginning of winnings. The season is still early. If we win on Sunday it may be a turning point for us this season.”