Sunshine Stars coach looks to earn victory over Esperance

Gbenga Ogunbote says the team will not be deterred by Nigerians trying to sabotage their efforts against the Tunisian champions
Coach Gbenga Ogunbote of Sunshine Stars is targeting a win again this weekend when his team faces Esperance of Tunisia, defending champions of the Caf Champions League.

The coach believes that playing the first leg this Sunday in Ijebu-Ode will give his team the advantage to get a favourable result and confidence to face the defending champions in the second leg in the group stage.

Ogunbote who guided the modest Ondo State team to a second place finish in the 2010/11 season of the Nigerian Premier League has also expressed satisfaction with his team's preparation ahead of the tie.

"We are preparing hard for the game and we have left no stone unturned in the process to be ready. As a result of the focus and our intention to do well, we chose to hold up a closed camp. We will do our best to achieve victory in this match," Ogunbote told

Sunshine have a very tough group having been paired with Esperance, Etoile Du Sahel and Aso Chiefs of Algeria. But the former Dolphins of Port Harcourt assistant coach is confident that his team will qualify for the semi-finals from such a tough group.

“All the participating teams have equal opportunities. We are looking at working hard to be among the two teams that will qualify from the group.

"We have some sound knowledge and of course they are a big name side and generally everyone knows that they won the Champions League last season.

“So what we know of the team will spur us to work even harder. The experience we gathered from playing in the Confederation Cup last season will also come in handy for us,” he added. After this weekend's match, Sunshine will travel to Tunisia to face Etoile du Sahel on July 20.