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The Akure side is optimistic of getting a good result against Djoliba this weekend in the continent's most prestigious club competition

Sunshine Stars, Nigeria’s sole representative in the Caf Champions League, departed this morning to Bamako, Mali for a date with Djoliba in a first leg round of 16 match this weekend.

According to Mike Idoko, the executive director of the Ondo State Football Agency (OSFA), the body supervising Sunshine Stars, the state government decided to get more Nigerians watch the game so that the team will not lack support in Bamako.

“The match is on Saturday and we want to get there early enough because we want to avoid the ugly incident that happened in our last match with Recreativo Libolo of Angola”, Idoko said.

"I am optimistic that we are going to have a good game and come back to Nigeria to finish it up.

The team will depart the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos via Air Nigeria airline by 8:00am with a 35-man contingent of 18 players and 17 officials, including accompanying journalists.

Idoko is optimistic that Sunshine will scale the Malien hurdle.

“We will not disappoint Nigerians this time around. But we urge them to continue to pray for us,” he said.

The Akure side reached this stage of the competition after edging out Recreativo 4-4 on aggregate winning on the away goals rule.