Just like Kano Pillars array of stars failed to respond adequately to the fire power of hosts, Sunshine Stars, their coach, Okey Emordi could also not summon sufficient courage to explain why his team lost in humiliating fashion in the Glo Premier League Match Day 13 fixture at the Akure Township Stadium.
Goals from Paul Onobi, Seun Olulayo and Dayo Ojo earned Sunshine Stars a deserved home victory in a match watched by a capacity crowd at the Akure Township Stadium.
Soon after the highly entertaining encounter televised live on SuperSport, a bewildered Emordi, who was expected to address the media in a post-match conference simply said: “What do you guys want me to say? I have nothing to say, and that’s final.”
Emordi apparently also had no technical response to Kennedy Boboye’s well planned offensive play that began right from kick-off as the home side pushed Pillars to their half.
Sunshine Stars could have scored as early as the second minute because the visitors confined themselves to defensive play. Sensing that Pillars were playing on the back foot, Sunshine Stars would go into the game with a better aggressive approach.
Successive goal attempts from Mutiu Adegoke, Prince Aggrey and Tunde Adeniji forced Kano Pillars goalkeeper, John Lawrence, to make crucial saves to the delight of the spectators who thronged Akure stadium to watch the explosive game.
However, it took the home side just 25 minutes to break the deadlock when Paul Onobi put them in the lead with a beautiful header from a corner kick. Barely five minutes after the opening goal the referee booked Adeniji for shooting into the net after the whistle had gone, while the goalscorer Onobi also got booked for a foul four minutes after.
It then became a ding-dong affair with Pillars’ Suleman Usman and Samuel Tswanya driving the ball forward to test a holidaying Sunshine Stars goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Onobi’s goal was all that Sunshine Stars had to show for a brilliant first half display.
When action resumed in the second half, Pillars threw everything into the game and had some fine run into the marked area. Godspower Aniefiok had a free kick in a good position frittered away while a resurgent Pillars attack tested Ezenwa’s reflexes twice.
Pillars continued to pour forward in numbers in search of an equalizer but were however outsmarted when Seun Olunlayo brilliantly connected a rebound effort following Adeniji’s move to give Sunshine Stars a 2-0 lead on 55 minutes.
Eleven minutes to full time, Nura ‘Rio’ Ibrahim of Pillars handled the ball during a goal-mouth scramble in his goal area, and Dare Ojo perfectly tucked in the resultant penalty kick for Sunshine’s third goal.
At the end of the game Boboye applauded his boys for what he described as a sterling performance but was quick to remind his team they still have a long way to go in the season.
“I’m happy with the performance of our players against the defending champions. Pillars are not an easy side, but we played better. I hope we can replicate this display during our next match against Rangers in Enugu,” an elated Boboye told npfl.ng.