Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Sunshine Stars, Wikki in mid-week battle

Sunshine Stars and Wikki Tourists will come head-to-head in a rescheduled Nigeria Premier League (NPL) game at the Dipo Dina Stadium on Wednesday.

The match was earlier billed to hold on Matchday 16 in the NPL calendar on March 25.

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote and his team are under pressure to get back to winning ways after four games on the bounce without a win in all competitions.

Ogunbote is confident that his team will get into the winning groove against the Tourists ahead of their second leg tie against Angola's Recreativo de Libolo in the Caf Confederation Cup this weekend.

"The game against Wikki is a good dress rehearsal for the clash against Recreativo. But we know that we need to win to stay among the top teams in the league table," said the former Gateway FC coach.

Sunshine Stars last won a competitive game on March 18 in Ijebu-Ode when they defeated table-toppers, Enugu Rangers 2-0.

And Ogunbote believes his men can hit same stride on Wednesday against Wikki.

"Of course this team have got quality and we will win against Wikki," he told

Wikki have lost just once in last five games and centre-back, Nehemiah Ekong has told that he and his colleagues are not in Ijebu-Ode to lay back and get slaughtered.

"They shouldn't write us off because we are in Ijebu-Ode to win something for ourselves," the former Crown FC man said.

Wikki have won at Sunshine Stars just once in nine years and that was in May 2003, and Ekong is hoping they can capitalise on the poor run of Sunshine Stars by avoiding defeat.

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