Following recent impressive results, Sunshine Stars coach Duke Udi says he is confident the ‘Owena Waves’ will not suffer relegation from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season.
The Akure-based team who currently play home games in Ijebu-Ode, have won 4 of their last 5 NPFL matches, including two on the road against ABS FC and Rivers United.
The team which was in the dreaded relegation zone when Udi took over the reins few weeks ago, are now placed 11th on the table with 42 points after 31 matches, just three points above the drop zone.
Udi, a former player at Enyimba, says his love for challenges motivated him to accept the job in the first place.
“Like I used to say, now we have about 21 points to play for. We will keep gathering our points,” the former Osun United coach said. “I don’t look at the relegation battle.
“I took this job because I love challenges – they make me to be stronger. When I took this job, people were complaining: ‘Why will you take this kind of job?’
“But I believe Sunshine (Stars) cannot be relegated. We still have about 21 points to fight for. We will keep fighting; we are a fighting team,” Udi said.
Sunshine Stars will be guests of Wikki Tourists in Bauchi in a Match Day 32 tie on Sunday.