Sunshine Stars head coach, Henry Abiodun has thumbed up the performance of his players in the group stage of the 2018 Federation Cup despite not advancing from Group B centre in Kano.
The Owena Whales played three draws against Supreme Court, El Kanemi Warriors, and Enugu Rangers and they narrowly lost the quarter-final ticket to the Borno Army who finished second with four points upon beating Supreme Court 1-0 on Friday.
Abiodun said his players gave their all in the three games they played and that they could still have remained in the competition had they started the Group B fixtures with a win against the Nationwide League side whom they played a goalless draw against last Monday.
“It was a brilliant performance by the players because no one expected them to play the way they did especially against Enugu Rangers,” he told media.
“They were able to hold their own against Rangers and could have even won the game had they taken the few chances created. We have learned a lot from the experience in Kano and we hope to come back better next season.
“The group stage didn’t start well for us with the draw against Supreme Court. It was from the second game we got our bearing but it was already late by then. We have taken many positives from the Federation Cup and this will help us chart the way forward.”
The Owena Whales were the Federation Cup semi-finalists last year before losing to the eventual winners, Akwa United but they were thrown out at the Round of 16 this term.