Caretaker coach of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, Henry Abiodun is optimistic about the chances of the team to reignite their ambition in the ongoing Nigeria Professional Football League season.
Sunshine Stars have been rocked by controversies this season one of which has seen them lose ground on the league table with a 3 point deduction by the League Management Company for rules violations.
The latest incident at the club is the order of the state government asking head coach Duke Udi to step aside following of gross misconduct and insubordination.
Henry Abiodun took charge of the team for their first assignment since the stepping aside of head coach Duke Udi and he guided the Akure Landlords to a 2-1 victory over Yobe Desert Stars on Sunday despite falling behind by a goal in the early stages of the game.
Abiodun spoke to journalists after the game and was pretty exited about the confidence and character of the team against a better positioned Yobe Desert Stars FC.
“It’s not easy I must say. Imagine the pressure that comes with being a goal down at home. But the boys soaked it up, they showed courage, confidence and character to win it for us. They worked so hard and I’m impressed.
“Victory is important and we have that today. When a team starts winning games, the confidence comes naturally and we hope to build on it as we go on to prosecute upcoming games”, Abiodun told journalists during the post match interview.
Captain of the Akure team, Sunday Abe who spoke in a separate interview also reechoed the sentiments of the gaffer.
“Today’s victory is delightful and as you can see everyone is happy about it. Coach Henry has been with us over a good time and I have confidence in his ability to lead us to desired heights this season”, the long serving captain told naijafootballplus.com.
The victory ensured Sunshine Stars move up to 14th on the table with 16 points from 13 matches and they will travel to Minna to play Niger Tornadoes on matchday 14.