Sunshine Stars - ASO Chlef Preview: Sunshine aim for three points in Ijebu Ode

The Akure side is optimistic they will beat the Algerian team for their first three points in the Champions League

Sunshine Stars will attempt to win their first match in the African Champions League as they take on Algerian side, Aso Chlef on Sunday at the Dipo Dina Stadium, in Ijebu Ode.

Sunshine started the group phase on a poor note after losing their first game against Esperance at home. The game took them unawares and coach Gbenga Ogunbote said afterwards game that his boys gave too much respect to the Tunisians who are the defending champions.

Two weeks ago, Sunshine Stars travelled to Tunisia and played a goalless draw against Etoile Du Sahel to pick their first point. On Sunday they have a chance of improving on their position on the table.

Goalkeeper Segun Oluwaniyi told that the game is a must win for them.

"We cannot afford to toy with this game. This is a perfect opportunity for us to move up the table. We have since recovered from the first game loss to Esperance and nothing will stop us from beating Aso Chlef convincingly,” said Oluwaniyi.

"Recently we have been playing well and the fact that we defeated Warri Wolves away from home shows what we can do.

"Everybody saw the way we played against Etoile Du Sahel and would agree that we have really improved. That will be the confidence that we are taking into the game against Aso Chelf.

"But I am confident that we are going to win very well and start the fight to qualify for the semi finals of the competition," Oluwaniyi said.

Captain Godfrey Oboabuna contended that they are ready to pick their first three points of the campaign.

"We made the mistake in the first game against Esperance and it will not happen again. Now we are a much improved side and our three points is sure," Oboabuna boasted. 

“Aso Chlef may be bottom of the standings, but they are a good side who will not just rest and allow Sunshine Stars trample on them.

“They will also want to fight to win their first game in the competition and claim the three points at stake,” Oboabuna said.

Aso Chlef featured in the Caf Champions League in 2009, but could not go beyond the first round. They have also featured in the Caf Confederation Cup twice, in 2006 and 2007. It is Sunshine Stars’ first participation in the Champions League. They made the semi finals in their maiden foray into the continent last year when they lost to Maghreb Fes in the Confederation Cup.

Sunshine Stars are third on the table with just a point from two matches, while Aso Chlef have lost their two matches thus far.