Sunshine Stars ends 18-match winless run with victory over Dakkada

Sunshine Stars ends 18-match winless run with victory over Dakkada

Sunshine Stars returned to winning ways in the NPFL with a 1-0 victory over Dakkada in Wednesday’s round 26 clash at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure.


It was their first three points in the league since January when they beat Rangers International with the same scoreline.


Center-back, Uzoechi Ejike scored the only goal of the game that ended the Owena Whales poor run of form.


The hosts dominated the game from the blast of the whistle but had to wait till the 38th minute for their first real attempt. Sunday Abe whipped in a delightful ball for Sadeeq Yusuf, who saw his header kept out by the goalkeeper.


The coach Deji Ayeni put themselves in front on the stroke of halftime when Uzoechi Ejike saw his thumping headers crashed into the back off the net, off Sunday Abe’s perfect cross. The goal ended Sunshine Stars’ seven-game goal drought at home this season.


Sunshine Stars created further openings to add to the tally in the second period, first through Faud Ekelojuoti who slipped in the area when sent through on goal.


The Akure landlords took hold of the contest in the final stages but required goalkeeper Henry Ayodele to intervene with a punching save when Dakkada heightened their failed search for a leveler.


The win brought an end to the Owena Whales 18 matches winless run and also boost the chance of surviving relegation.

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