Abuja - Kano Pillars coach, Okey Emordi is confident that his team stands a chance of securing a result in Akure when they face table toppers, Sunshine Stars in match day 13 of the Nigeria Professional Football League today, despite failing to do so in their last five travels.
Kano Pillars have found the going tough in Akure in the past five seasons, losing every one of those five matches including a three-nil defeat last term when Musa Newman scored a brace before Prince Aggrey netted in injury time to put gloss on a superb Sunshine Stars performance in August last year.
But Emordi is upbeat about his team’s chances this time.
“This is football, and anything can happen. We are not going there with a mentality to play defensive as we believe we can win anywhere," he told npfl.ng.
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Interestingly, today marks the 12th year when Kano Pillars' began their unbeaten run at home, and Sunshine Stars, who were close to defeating the champions in Kano last season will want to spoil the party even before it starts.
Meanwhile, the Shooting Stars versus Enyimba game is finely set up in Ibadan. Enyimba have gone five games without a loss and the Oluyole Warriors will hope that they continue their fantastic run under new coach Gbenga Ogunbote, who has taken charge of two matches, won one and drawn the other at Bayelsa United.
Two seasons ago when Shooting Stars hosted Enyimba in this same fixture, it ended 1-1. Andrew Abalogu scored for the Peoples Elephant 10 minutes into the second half before Francis Edem levelled matters from the spot with eight minutes to full time. Had Enyimba held on to that slim lead, it is unlikely they would have lost the title last season.