Saturday, May 01, 2010

Shooting Stars, Kwara Utd Light Up Ibadan

Premier League sides, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Kwara United would battle each other in a Week 30 tie in Ibadan in a game that the former must win.
Shooting Stars now handled by Super Eagles’ Team B coach, Fatai Amoo, knows that the game against the Afonja Warriors must be won in order to climb away from relegation, as the season nears its end.
Amoo began his short stint with the Oluyole Warriors on a losing note at Enugu Rangers last weekend, but wants to take off in winning fashion in front of the club’s faithful.
But it would be the first home game of the coach and he is keen to see his side put up more than a convincing show to save the season of Shooting Stars from collapse.
“It is important that we win this game against Kwara United because we want to remain in the Premier League next season. That is the mandate I have, and nobody needs to tell me how important that is to the club and their fans. So, the players know that this is an important game, which must be won,” Amoo said while speaking to
Shooting Stars’ goalkeeper, Segun Oluwaniyi, is confident that Kwara United would be handed its 10th defeat on the road today in Ibadan.
“We do not have any excuse not to win this game. In the first game, we played 0 – 0 and I don’t see why we can’t beat them in our ground,” responded Oluwaniyi in also an interview with
Head coach of Kwara United, Justin Tenger, believes that the trip to Ibadan would be a test for his title credentials.
Tenger, who switched from Niger Tornadoes to Kwara United in the off-season last year, said his side would explore the unconvincing performance of Shooting Stars in front of its fans to earn a respectable result this evening.
“It’s going to be a difficult game. They are in relegation and want to win, but we are also prepared for this big test. I have looked up their results at home and I realised that they have not won that much and I am confident that we can get a result there,” assured Tenger.
In the past five years, Shooting Stars is yet to lose to Kwara United in three head-to-head clashes, which has produced just one goal when the Ibadan club won by a lone goal on September 23, 2005.

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