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NPFL stay possible for Sunshine Stars

Newly appointed Sunshine Stars head coach Duke Udi has said the battle to keep the side in the top-flight is not insurmountable.

The former Osun United coach took over from the former Super Eagles manager, Austin Eguavoen, who resigned his appointment with the Owena Waves in uncertain circumstances after barely two months at the Akure top-flights.

The former Nigerian international will resume full training with the Akure Landlords on Tuesday after an initial talk with the coaches and players on Monday.

Udi said he is not scared of the seemingly daunting task at Sunshine Stars but will need all hands on deck to navigate the side out of the troubled water.

“Everything is fine at Sunshine Stars, the reception is warm both from the management, coaches, players as well as the members of the supporters club.

“I interacted with the coaches and players on arrival on Monday, though formal training will start on Tuesday.

“Good enough our scheduled NPFL matchday 26 clash at Mountain of Fire Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC at the weekend has been moved to midweek due to the Muslim Sallah holidays so we will have quality time to prepare together for the clash.

“We will fight very hard to escape relegation and I’m ready for the battle to keep Sunshine in the top-flight.

“I have already charged the players to be ready to work, Sunshine Stars still have quality to keep them afloat.

“I demanded 100 per cent discipline. Once the players are tactically disciplined the work will be a lot easier.

“The battle to stay alive is achievable and possible, I have confidence in myself, I equally have the confidence of the management to deliver the goods.

“I believe the task is do-able, I cannot fail the acid test at Sunshine Stars.

“Of course, it’s done and dusted, I’m the head coach of Sunshine Stars and will take charge of the side’s campaign in the remainder of the on-going top-flight,” said Udi to supersport.com.

The Akure outfit are 17th on the 20-team top-flight log on 30 points, 15 behind league leaders Plateau United.

Udi said he is not too happy with some of the comments coming from his former side, Osun United.

“Responses coming from Osogbo over my decision to leave the side for Sunshine Stars are not wholly complimentary.

“Some people are outright unhappy and condemnatory, questioning why I would leave the side at this stage of their campaign in the Nigeria National League (NNL).

“Others showed understanding while acknowledging the good work I did for the side but still question why now.

“Well, I have decided to view the reactions as natural and normal. I still hold the team and entire people of Osogbo in high esteem,” said Udi.


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