17th June, 2011
Sunshine Stars coach Gbenga Ogunbote is upbeat that his wards will make it double at this yearâ€™s CAF Confederation Cup as well as the Nigeria premier league.
Ogunboteâ€™s lads in Ijebu Ode last weekend saw off Libyan Al-ttihad from the Caf Confederation Cup. Godfrey Oboabonaâ€™s 50th minute spot kick made the whole difference.
Sunshine are second on the league log with 51 points, two points adrift leaders, Dolphinâ€™s 53 and with a game in hand. An elated coach Ogunbote told SuperSport.com that their victory over the stubborn North African team is a strong indicator that Sunshine could pick the continent diadem of the continental title as well as the league title.
â€œWe are getting closer to our dream, to rule the continent and our position on the league is okay, which shows that we could make it a double this year.â€
Acknowledging the fact that the oppositions are likely to get tougher as the bar is further raised, he hinted that more quality players will be deployed to strengthen the team before the start of the group stage. â€œI know the higher we move the tougher it becomes, we will beef up the squad with quality players before the start of next stage.â€
Ogunbote, who was shaken by the several misses by his wards in the Al-ttihad game, promised to tight that loose end. â€œFootball is all about creating chances and making good use of it, it makes no sense creating several chances and hardly using any of them.
â€œIt is unacceptable, I have taken note of that and will work on the lapses before we start the group stage,â€ he said. The Nigerian Caf Confederation Cup debutants had early added Tiko United of Cameroon and the Armed Forces Sporting Union (USFA) of Burkina Faso to its casualty list.Sunshine have qualified to play in group B of the continent second tier clubs competition alongside JS Kabylie of Algeria, MAS (Morocco) and winner of the tie between Simba of Tanzania and Motema Pembe of DR Congo.