Goals from Franklin Sasere and Anthony Omaka from a near-perfect first half
display helped Sunshine Stars edge Wikki Tourists 2-1 in a thrilling NPFL week
17 contest at the Ondo State Sports Complex. With Sunday`s win in Akure the
Owena did the double over the Elephants of Bauchi following a 1-0 win in the
first stanza at the Pantami, Gombe.
Sasere opened scoring in the 14th
minute with a flying header to put Omaka`s lobbed
cross beyond an onrushing Chinedu Anthony. Fifteen
minutes later, Sunshine Stars were forced into
making a substitution as Ajibola Otegbeye could no
longer continue due to a knock and he was replaced
by Kolade Adeniji who made his introduction count.
The first involvement of Adeniji was a
sumptuous cross from the right to Sasere which the
striker headed over the bar. Just after then, he
delivered another impeccable cross and Omaka was
at the end of it to double Sunshine Star`s advantage.
The last kick of the first half was the visitors`
response which saw Abba Umar pull one back for
the visitors with a volley inside the area preceded by
a deft control. Sunshine Stars resumed the second
half where they ended the first, slicing their
opponents in search of another goal.
With three minutes into the half,
Anthony Omaka started another move and gave a
final through ball to Adeniji on the far right but
Chindeu Anthony came out on time to deny
Sunshine of a two goal cushion. Wikki had their
moments too, but the closest they went was Ahmed
Jimoh heading over the bar off a cross from the
right. Sunshine Stars had another chance through
Chigozie Obasi, but the full back`s powerful freekick
went straight at the goalie and all he could do was
punch it out to safety. Sunshine Stars could not add
to their advantage but ensured they guarded their
first half lead in the second.The victory steered the
Owena Whales clear of the drop zone and moved the
Kabiru Dogo`s charges up to 6th on the log with 23
points ahead of a match day 18 meeting with Remo
Stars in Shagamu on Wednesday.