What turned out to be an own goal orchestrated by Nwagua Nyima’s aerial pressure handed Sunshine Stars FC a narrow loss to Kano Pillars in a matchday 12 encounter of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna yesterday.
The Owena Whales who are enduring a poor run of form almost drew level in the 13′ through top scorer, Sadeeq Yusuf who could not just stir Emmanuel James’ in-swinger on target from few yards out.
In the 21′ minute Waheed Adebayo again showed a glimer of what Sunshine Stars were up to, rattling Kano Pillars goalkeeper with a long range effort.
Another chance for an equalizer presented itself in the 37th minute, but Sadeeq Yusuf blazed over while Adebayo was waiting for a perfect pass.
Sunshine Stars handler, Gbenga Ogunbote rang some changes in the second half, throwing Kolade Adeniji and Ibrahim Ajani into the fray.
The former went close to scoring as well, but his header off a free kick from Alaba Adeniyi went inches over the bar.
Sunshine Stars continued to mount pressure for a leveler late on and in the 79′ Ibrahim Ajani was wrestled down at the edge when sent through, but the ref showed no interest in the appeal for a free kick and possible dismissal of the hosts keeper.
The referee brought the game to a sudden close for Pillars home win with no stoppages time added.
*Ogunbote Post Match Quotes*
_”We gave a good fight in this game, believing we could at least get a point here, but no thanks to that careless moment._
_”Sometimes you have your challenges and the ability to get out of it is what make you great. We acknowledge the fact that we have issues, for now; we have not pick maximum points for some time, but we will go back to winning ways.”_
Ogunbote on officiating: _”One thing with me is I don’t discuss officiating, I expect the reporters to report what they have seen and that will make the job interesting.”_
The Akure landlords next host Adamawa United on Sunday.