Technical Adviser of Sunshine Stars Duke Udi could not hide his excitement after watching his wards defeat Rivers United 1-0 in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
Ezekiel Thompson’s 67th-minute header handed the ‘Owena Waves’ all three points in their Match Day 30 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture against an unimpressive United side.
The win is the second in their last two away matches, following a 4-2 thrashing of ABS FC in Ilorin in less than a fortnight ago, much to the delight of Udi, who recently took over the reins at Sunshine Stars.
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“Fantastic display! This is a great team,” an elated Udi stated. “I’m so excited.
“We’ll keep fighting. We still have 24 points to fight for.”
The Akure-based team currently play their home matches at the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu-Ode following crowd trouble at their Akure ground.
In an exclusive chat with www.busybuddiesng.com, the former Shooting Stars and Enyimba midfielder revealed that playing home games away from home has brought the best out of his team.
“We lost our last game (against Nasarawa United) in our home but the guys gave a good show. For we to lose at home and come here (Port Harcourt) and win, that is a good team and a good character.
“We don’t have home because we are banished from our home because of the unruly behavior from our fans. So we are banished to Ijebu-Ode. So we don’t have home,”
“That is good for the team. So you can see we play outside of our home. We fight; we fight for everything,” the 41-year old said.
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With the away win against the ‘Pride of Rivers’, Sunshine Stars moved a place up to 15th on the NPFL standings with 39 points from 30 matches.
They will next face El Kanemi Warriors in Ijebu-Ode in a Match Day 31 clash on Sunday.