Match day 17 review: Remo Stars FC wins first Southwest derby over Sunshine Stars

Posted : 08 January 2024

As hard-fighting Sunshine Stars FC bow to Remo Stars in Ikene, Ogun state, a game the Akure Gunners conceded two late goals in a matchday 17 NPFL tie, fans have blamed the loss on not too good officiating. The Edith Agoye-taught side started the encounter with much agility, gaining early possession. Opeoluwa Olufemi, Yusuf Ibrahim, and Mafeng Pam connected well upfront; Remo stars, however, gained balance moments later.

 

In the 17th minute, referee Shina Iranloye booked Mafeng Pam for a rash challenge, becoming the first player on the pitch to get a yellow card. Remo Stars attacked and had free kicks at the edge of the box but couldn't convert any. In the 25th minute, Sunshine Stars goalie Abdullah Abdulsalam received a yellow card for time-wasting. Both sides attacked the opposing half in search of an opener.

 

In the 36th minute, Opeoluwa Olufemi and Yusuf Ibrahim missed two chances in quick succession, with Remo Stars defenders alive to clear. The first half, however, ended goalless. On resumption into the second half, Remo Stars mounted at the opposing half but were resisted by Sunshine Stars defenders.

 

In the 70th minute, Edith Agoye introduced the duo of Abdulaziz Ajagbe and Lucky Nwafor, replacing Mafeng Pam and Aniete Uko. In the 86th minute, another substitution was made by Edith Agoye in search of an opener; this time Dennis Chigozie and Jide Jimoh were brought in to replace Opeoluwa Olufemi and Nwani Ikechukwu.

 

Sunshine Stars FC pushed harder to get a goal, but the home team eventually found the net from a rebound after Jide Jimoh had already cleared a first attempt on goal from the line. Aniekeme Okon, the goal scorer, and Sunshine Stars goalkeeper were cleared by Remo Stars attackers. The centre referee already blew for a foul but eventually pointed at the centre for a goal.

 

Moments after the goal was scored the atmosphere became tensed when Remo Stars Olamilekan Adams attacked Sunshine Stars FC players, the act led to a free for all with fans throwing objects at Sunshine Stars players and officials.

 

In the 98th minute, Remo Stars scored a second goal, which apparently became the last as the match ended 2-0. Sunshine Stars' next match comes up next weekend at home against the Niger Tornadoes.

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