Enyimba Football Club frustrates Sunshine Stars, denies them an international opportunity in CAF Confederation Cup 2016


Dr Okezie Ikpeazu with Enyimba FC Players

The Enyimba Football Club of Aba yesterday, Sunday in Lagos frustrated the only left opportunity of the Sunshine Stars to play in the 2016 international football match. This they did by holding them breathless in a scoreless draw.

It is evident that the Sunshine Stars needed to win this final game in order to stand any chance of playing at least in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.

Enyimba Football Club goalkeeper, Femi Thomas was made so much by the Sunshine Stars players as they rushed the ball with every enthusiasm from the first whistle.

Despite every attempt by Afolabi Okiki to mesmerize our own brilliant Femi Thomas, access was heavily denied before Dare Olorundare made a “hot” shot that crashed against the post soon after.

To make matters worse for the ‘struggling to survive and excel’ Sunshine Stars, Kunle Odunlami almost made an own goal but luckily for him, it came off the post.


In the 43rd minute, Mfon Udoh saw his shot come off the crossbar with goalkeeper Shuaibu John well beaten. Femi Thomas, the brilliant goalkeeper of Enyimba Football Club frustrated another great attempt made Emmanuel Sunday in the 61st minute by pushing the ball away for a corner. And just in another eight minutes, Dare Ojo’s shot which was made from a far distance was pushed away for another Sunshine Stars’ corner.


Seeing the outcome of the match, I began to wonder what would have become of this game had those three Enyimba Football Club players not returned. Although it might be painful to them that they did not win this match out-rightly but at least they made Aba residents happy again. Every Enyimba fan who witnessed the match will attest to the fact that they made us proud. There’s just no way, they would have allowed Sunshine Stars defeat them.

Thanks to Kingsley Sokari, Nzube and others who sacrificed their pleasures to make this match a frustrating one for Sunshine Stars.

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