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We ran out of luck against Sunshine Stars in Akure

Posted : 13 November 2023
The Head Coach of Sunshine Stars, Edith Agoye, has blamed his side's 2-2 draw in the matchday 8 encounter of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) against Rangers International Football Club on a lack of concentration.

The match, played at the Ondo State Sports Complex in Akure on Sunday, had Rangers going ahead in the third minute through Godwin Obaje with a header from a free kick.

However, ten minutes later, Sunshine Stars equalized through striker Ibrahim Yusuf with a clinical finish from the box area to make it one all into the half.

All efforts to take the lead from the home side proved futile until the 76th minute when Moses Omodumueke's deflected shot found the back of the net to make it 2-1.

However, the home team's joy was cut short when the visitors equalized in the dying minutes of the game in a 2-2 draw.

Agoye, in his post-match news conference, said it was a game his team had in their hands, describing the draw as "a very tough one to take."

He said he would turn disappointment into motivation and would go for the win in Matchday nine against Bayelsa United.

The coach said the team was evolving and would continue to get better match after match.

"It was a simple poor game management; the game is almost gone, and we were supposed to keep the ball in the corner flank to run down the time. Unfortunately, the player given the instructions to do that thought he was the most skillful player in Nigeria," he said.

On his part, Rangers International Football Club Head Coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu, said football was a game of luck, and with one minute, things could turn around.

Ilechukwu said conceding two goals was not a good outcome for his team, but they would continue to improve as the season progresses.

He also mentioned that clear-cut winners would not emerge until the later stages, around week 32 and beyond in the league.


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