By Rabark Idowu
Sadeeq Yusuf scored his eighth goal of the season as Sunshine Stars were held to a 1-1 draw in Akure by visiting Heartland Football Club.
It took the visitors 16 minutes into the game to score when Pascal Eze rose above others in the box to head in Chidera Eze ‘s corner kick.
The goal seem to have gotten Sunshine Stars off their lethargy and they started pushing for equaliser.
They continued to threaten and twice had two penalty appeals waved off by the Referee for challenges on Sadeeq Yusuf.
With Ajani Ibrahim taking the place of Kabiru Tijani just before half time, the Sunshine attack gained potency in the second half, launching series of attacks but the duo of Orji Kalu and Paschal Eze were brilliant in the defence of Heartland.
Their hard work was rewarded in the 70th minute after Heartland Gbadamosi Jimoh handled the ball in the box, Sadeeq Yusuf expertly dispatched from six yards for his 8th goal of the season.
Both teams pushed for a winner thereafter, but could not add to the goals in the game and settled for a point apiece.
Yellow cardSunshine stars – Ayo Adejubu 15’Heartland – Nnoshiri Samuel 53′, Nwabulu Emeka GK 59′
Uche Okafor GK, Emmanuel James, Olawale Abisoye, Sadeeq Yusuf, Kehinde Adeyemi, Kabiru Tijani(Ajani Ibarahim) Ebuka Akobundu, Edoh Ocheme(Samuel Agba), Tope Akande (C), Fuad Ekelojuoti(Waheed Adebayo) Ayo Adejubu(Sunday Abe)
Subs not usedHenry Ayodele GK, Isiaka Oladuntoye, Habib Yakubu, Abiodun Joseph, Alaba AdeniyiCoach: Gbenga Ogunbote
Heartland FC XINwabulu Emeka GK, Chidera Eze, Benjamin Francis, Gbadamosi Jimoh,Orji Kalu, Paschal Eze, Chijioke Akuneto(Kingsley Maduforo)Kelechi Chimezie, Paschal Seka(Amah Chibundu), Samuel Nnoshiri(Chukwudi Nwaodu), Bright Onyedikachi(Akanimo Edianaobong)
Subs not usedChijioke Ejiogu GK, Uche Oguchi,Azuka Opara, Ayo Adetola, Issah lenkatCoach: Fidelis Ilechukwu
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