Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunshine lost title at Ocean Boys – Ocheje

Sunshine Stars’ goalkeeper, Moses Ocheje has opened up that he and his teammates threw away the chance of winning the 2010/2011 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) at Ocean Boys.

On November 9, Sunshine Stars were close to a historic win at Ocean Boys after going two goals up through Ibrahim Ajani and Dele Olorundare.

But Ocean Boys clawed their way back into the game 18 minutes to the end to earn a point through goals from Chiamaka Madu and Nkereuwem Bassey.

Ocheje has told that after looking back to what promised to be a fruitful season, the 2 – 2 draw at Ocean Boys effectively denied Sunshine Stars of a first league title.

“I still look back and for me the only game that I feel denied us the chance of winning the league is the game against Ocean Boys in Yenagoa. I would not want to go into details of what happened in that game but if we had won then our last game against Kano Pillars would have been a formality,” Ocheje said to

The goalkeeper is, however, consoled by the fact that Sunshine Stars will be playing in the 2012 Caf Champions League after finishing in second place behind eventual champions of the 2010/2011 season, Dolphins.

“I will congratulate Dolphins for winning the league and I must say though I am disappointed that we did not win the title, I am happy we will play in the (Caf) Champions League next year. At least it is better than nothing.

“And our experience in the (Caf) Confederation Cup this year should help us in the bigger competition next year. We came close in our first attempt (on the continent) but unfortunately we failed when it mattered most and we have learnt a few lessons,” said the Sunshine Stars’ keeper.

On the just-concluded season, Ocheje picked Kano Pillars as the most difficult side he had to face.

“For me Kano Pillars were difficult to play against. They play very eye-catching football and in our last game they proved very difficult,” the former Lobi Stars’ goalkeeper said.

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