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Shooting Stars Will Fight To The Last, Says Agoye





Relegation threatened Shooting Stars are determined to fight gamely against a possible drop at the close of the season.  “It’s a battle for survival”, said head coach, Edith Agoye.

He gave the assurance during the post match reaction to after their 2-0 win over visiting Wikki Tourists on Sunday in the week 27 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League ( NPFL).

He also expressed happiness over the team’s recent form which he believed would help it to survive the drop.


“For some time, things have not been working well but now the team is evolving and the last four games have given us some stability. We are happy for the three points.”

We are taking the game as they come and we won’t relent till the last game.

Agoye also disclosed the injury status of the team’s highest scorer, Sunday Faleye.

“Sunday scored against ABS but he has not really recovered from injury he got from the game. He was on the bench today and we couldn’t bring him in because we got what we wanted early and we have to let him recover well,” Agoye explained.

Ajani Ibrahim and Bode Daniel scored in the 29th and 45th respectively to check the fighting spirit of the visitors and buoyed the chances of Shooting Stars to escape the drop.


Shooting Stars started the game on a fast note with smallish duo, Ayobami Junior and Ibrahim Shile pulling the strings from the midfield.

Their efforts were complemented by Ajani Ibrahim, Bode Daniel and Jimoh Wasiu who kept the heat on the tall defence line of Wikki Tourists.

With the constant raids, goalkeeper Emeka Nwabulu, despite the good cover from his defence quartets of Festus Ummanah, Waziri Christopher, Harrison Madu and Ambrose Peter, had to make some daring saves from their rampaging hosts.

But it was not all a one-sided affair as Wikki Tourists too made some dangerous incursions with  promising Victor Alegbe who combined well with the duo of Ajoku Chidiebere and Chinedu Onyelonu to bring out the best in Waheed Omololu, Ebiaku Promise, Samuelson Owono and Alaba Osawe in the heart of Shooting Stars defence and goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar.

However, Ajani’s goal on 29′ gave the homers some respite. Wasiu Jimoh free kick was cleared for corner which he shortly took before Ajani jabbed into the left side of impressive  goalie Emeka Nwabulu.


The second goal was in similar manner as Emeka parried a corner into to the path of trailing Bode Daniel who tapped it in on 45′ while the second have could not produce more goals despite the fireworks from the two teams.

In his own reaction to, Coach Magnut blamed his side for not converting their chances with high regards for the referees.

“The result wasn’t what we expected but we must give it to 3SC, they took their chances. The officiating was excellent and the goals were good.”

Coach Magnut however expressed hope that Wikki Tourists continental aspiration is still intact.

“We still need to step up in our remaining games, only six points separate the leaders from us, so, our continental dream is not over yet,” he concluded.




Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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