Ayodeji Ayeni, the Coach of Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure, said on Friday that the club needed to focus on delivering positive results, rather than relying on slip-ups from their relegation rivals.
Sunshine Stars, who are currently 16th with 36 points on the NPFL 20-team log, with six games to play, have won four out of their last five games, including a vital 1-0 away win against Heartland FC in Owerri on July 4.
However, the Akure-based club have barely maintained their league position, a whisker away from the drop zone, with a superior goal difference (-9) over 17th-placed Jigawa Golden Stars also with 36 points (-15).
“I like to focus on our games and after that we will look at other teams,” Ayeni told the newsmen in Abuja.
“We know how tight and dicey the situation is on the NPFL table right now… but there are 18 points left to play for.
“We just need to do our work. No matter the team we face week in-week out, we have to do our work”, Ayeni said.
The coach noted that Sunshine Stars, who were previously on a winless run since February to May, had been high on confidence on the road lately, having also maintained an unbeaten home run from their last seven matches.
“At the moment, there is more confidence from the players to play away,” he added, assuring stakeholders of massive improvements from where the team was six months ago.
“We have changed things at home and also achieved some degree of success away, and I am confident that we can get something positive out of the match on Sunday.”
Newsmen report that Sunshine Stars are away to bottom-placed Adamawa United on Sunday, while Jigawa Golden Stars are the visitors of 5th-placed Enyimba International Football Club of Aba same day.