Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure on Sunday defeated visiting Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna 1-0 to strenghten their bid to avoid relegation.
The Match Day 19 fixture in the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure saw few chances created in the game’s first half.
Chibondu Amah, who replaced Abiodun Joseph, scored the only goal of the match in the 60th minute after he connected a low cross from Fuad Ekelojuoti.
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Kabiru Dogo, the Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars, later said he was very excited with the result, saying “the number of goals scored does not matter, the three points do.”
Dogo added that his next target was to get four points from the two consecutive away fixtures his team has ahead of it.
‘I’m very happy, very excited. At least we were able to secure the needed three points.
“But I believe if the type of officiating we’re getting here is what we have been getting in other places, we would have by now been at the top of the league.
“However, we are going for two away matches and our plan is to get four points in both matches if we get this kind of officiating,” he said.
Hamza Abara, the Head Coach of Niger Tornadoes FC, on his part said his plans to pick the maximum points did not work.
“Our plan was to pick three points here to escape relegation, but it turned the other way round. Hopefully, we will get something out from our away match with Enyimba International FC of Aba.
“The problem of our team used to be the Management Committee. The members are the architects of the team, but they are no longer with the team. The performance of the players has now changed.
“The officiating of this match was okay. This is the kind of officiating I want. Even at home, we don’t get this kind of officiating,” he said.