Posted: Jun 18, 2011
WARRI WOLVES VS SUNSHINE STARS
VENUE: Warri City Stadium
DATE: Sunday, June 19, 2011
In-form Warri-Wolves are targeting another victory this weekend, to further put pressure on front runners, Sunshine Stars and Dolphins.
Wolves host table toppers, Sunshine Stars tomorrow at the Warri City Stadium on the back of a two match unbeaten run, which saw them humiliate leaders Dolphins 4-1 and a hard fought 1-1 draw away to Ocean Boys last weekend.
Victory will see them close the gap on today’s opponent and with Dolphins in a tricky away tie in Ilorin against Kwara United then dream of winning their first domestic title could still be alive anyway.
However, one shoe the coach of the side, Frank Aigbogun will be hoping to fill, is that of the club’s top scorer, Ekigho Ehiosun who starred for the country’s U-23 side against Tanzania yesterday.
Ehiosun was the hero for Wolves last weekend, grabbing an important equalizer in their match against the stubborn Ocean Boys side.
Aigbogun will be hoping the duo of Tochukwu Mbachu and Efe Yarhere who have contributed six goals so far, will deliver the goods and steer the club to another victory.
In defence, old warhorse, Ike Thankgod who is one of the most experienced campaigners in the league, will be relied on to ward-off the threat of Sunshine Stars rampaging strikers.
The Akure Gunners has arguably the most potent strike force in the league, with the trio of Ajani Ibrahim, Ukeyima Akombo and new boy, Atanda Sakibu now banging in the goals on a regular basis.
Skipper Godfrey Oboabona who scored the winner in the club’s Confederation Cup triumph last weekend against Al Ittihad of Libya should provide cover in the defence while Cletus Itodo is expected to direct proceedings from the midfield.
Another interesting twist to the tie is Wolves impressive home record against Sunshine’s respectable away results.
While the home side have won 12 out of their 13 games at the Warri City stadium so far, scoring a massive 27 goals their opponent have the second best away record.
The Gbenga Ogunbote led side have won three, drawn three and lost six times.
Certainly this a mouth-watering tie between two sides who are evenly matched.
But Wolves 4-1 annihilation of Dolphins few weeks back should serve as a warning signal for Ogunbote and his boys.