Ten-man Sunshine Stars FC cruised to a 3-0 victory in a Nigeria Professional Football League rescheduled match at home to Nasarawa United on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016.
A brace by Afolabi Okiki and a goal from Samad Kadiri gave the hosts a deserved victory on the day.
The Akure Gunners turned back a Nasarawa side that looked out of sorts in a match that Afolabi Okiki was shown a red card after a star performance.
Okiki opened the floodgate of goals when he tucked in a penalty kick on 34 minutes. Although, Okiki was lucky to have gotten an infringement because the penalty looked soft. But his kick from the penalty spot sent Paul Danjuma in goal for Nasarawa United the other way as the hosts shot into the lead.
Sunshine maintained the slim scoreline till end of the first half as the clouds gathered in an averagely filled Akure Township Stadium.
The restart however witnessed a heavy downpour as players of both teams resorted to long balls.
Kadiri’s flying header beat Paul Danjuma hands down to give Sunshine Stars their second goal of the match.
Before the hour mark, Okiki put up a star performance when he clinically sealed victory for his club.
The player, who deserved to be named man of the match, however got the marching order five minutes later when he queried an earlier yellow card issued him.
While Nasarawa United stayed back to defend for greater part of the encounter, Stanley Dimgba and Ayo Saka missed very good chances and then went close with spectacular side-footed kicks that went wide one after the other.
Nasarawa United did not fold their arms in what looked like a one-sided affair, the Lafia-based club managed to bounce back after the break but it was too late as they were punished for slack defending and turned back by a better coordinated Sunshine Stars side.
“We did play well but we failed to guard our rear, that’s how football goes sometimes,” said Nasarawa United coach, Kabiru Dogo, in a post-match conference with npfl.ng. “We will go home to prepare well for our next match which we must win.”
Sunshine Stars coach Solomon Ogbeide said: “We played out our hearts and I must confess that Nasarawa were not easy. We were lucky to have escaped and I’m personally happy that we won with that huge margin.”