Sunshine Stars Secure Crucial 1-0 Victory Over Rivers United

Sunshine Stars FC defeated Rivers United 1-0 in a rescheduled NPFL match, moving up to 18th position on the league table. Ibrahim Yusuf scored the only goal in the 68th minute, securing a vital win for the home team.

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Sunshine Stars Secure Crucial 1-0 Victory Over Rivers United

Sunshine Stars Secure Crucial 1-0 Victory Over Rivers United

Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure clinched a vital 1-0 win against Rivers United in a rescheduled Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) match on Sunday at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure. The victory saw the home team move up one spot to 18th position on the league table.

After a goalless first half, which saw a goal by Promise Awosanmi ruled out for offside, Ibrahim Yusuf broke the deadlock in the 68th minute, scoring the match's only goal. The win was a much-needed boost for Sunshine Stars, who have been struggling in the league this season.

Sunshine Stars head coach Kennedy Boboye praised his players for executing his game plan effectively. "This game has come and gone. Our focus now is on the next game, which is the Federation Cup," Boboye said in a post-match interview. He emphasized the importance of winning home matches and improving their goal-scoring record, stating, "Our major problem is how to be scoring goals, but we will continue working to improve in that area."

Rivers United head coach Evans Ogenyi attributed his team's loss to fatigue, citing a congested fixture schedule. "It has not been easy, but we have been compelled to play five matches in 15 days," Ogenyi explained. Despite the loss, he assured that his team is approaching every game with seriousness and determination.

Ondo State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, credited the team's repositioning and fan support for their success. The victory marks a significant step forward for Sunshine Stars as they strive to improve their position in the league and secure better results in upcoming matches.

Key Takeaways

  • Sunshine Stars FC beat Rivers United 1-0 in a rescheduled NPFL match.
  • Ibrahim Yusuf scored the winning goal in the 68th minute.
  • Sunshine Stars moved up to 18th position on the league table.
  • Coach Kennedy Boboye praised his team's execution and emphasized goal-scoring improvement.
  • Rivers United's coach attributed the loss to fatigue from a congested fixture schedule.