Mike Idoko, executive director of the Ondo State Football Agency that manages Sunshine Stars, has disclosed that the team will relocate to the Onikan Stadium, Lagos as part of preparations for the first leg Caf Champions League game against Recreativo Libolo of Angola.
Sunshine Stars currently train in their base in Akure but play their official matches at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode.
“We are not taking chances because Recreativo are a strong side with three Brazilians, three Portuguese and a Cameroonian in their fold and are well motivated. They are also very experienced. From the information we gathered, they play on a very small grass pitch and that is why we are moving to Onikan Stadium, which is similar to their field”, Idoko said.
The executive director is, however, optimistic that Sunshine Stars would scale through the hurdle of the Angolans. He hinged his optimism on the recent burst of form of the team in the Nigeria Premier League.
“Thank God the team has started getting into the groove. Admitted we started the league on a rather shaky note, but with the form of recent, there is hope that we will return from Angola with a credible result”.
Meanwhile, like last season, the management of OSFA has concluded arrangements to hold an international football seminar for the players and officials.
The two-day seminar, slated for Akure, the Ondo State capital will begin on Monday March 19 with renowned Fifa/Caf match official, Paul Bassey delivering the lecture. He’s expected to talk on what the team is likely to face in a competition of this magnitude.
Also listed to deliver papers are Fifa/Caf instructor Adegboye Onigbinde who will lead the team on the technicalities of the competition, retired referee Linus Mba will talk on the rules of the game, Aisha Falode will talk on the role of the media, Emmanuel Asagba will deliver a lecture on psychology while Kwame Arthur is expected to coordinate the seminar.
Sunshine Stars lost in the semi finals of the Caf Confederation Cup last year to Tunisian side, Club Africain.