supporters of Sunshine Stars of Akure are looking forward to seeing the team win their first major piece of silver as the club celebrates the 28th anniversary of its formation, PUNCH Extra Sports reports.
Established on 11 January 1995, Owena Whales scored 28 on Wednesday, with his anniversary post on the club’s official social media pages met with warm congratulatory messages and clamor for titles from his fans.
“Another January 11 returns; Today we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the founding of our Heritage, Essence and Pride. Happy birthday Sunshine Stars FC”, published the club in the early hours of Wednesday.
One of the club’s supporters in Twitter, Toba Deji, wrote: “Happy birthday Sunshine FC. Very soon we will hold the NPFL in Akure.”
On Facebook, another fan, Josiah Ifedayo, commented: “Happy birthday to my one and only beloved team, Sunshine Stars Football Club of Akure. Many thanks to the late Sir Gowon of Africa and many others who fought for the emancipation of the team. I pray for the management of the team under the auspices of the indefatigable coach Edith Agoye. God will continue to guide our own team to return to the path of victory. Mainland is sure.
“Long live the stars of the sun. Make a drag free relegation zone this season,” Olubunmi Arogunjo also wrote on Facebook.
A resident supporter of the club in Akure, Karim Olaleke, said: “I have seen the team at its peak and I have also seen them when things were bad. The journey has been a mix of joy and pain for me as a fan, and I hope one day to see this team win the NPFL in particular, and I also want to see them return to the continent and make us proud again like they did in 2011 and 2012.”
In a conversation with Sunshine Stars FC Supporters’ Club President Tunde Adeboboye said the team is ready for titles as they head into a new season.
“We thank God for his mercy on us fans, we have been supporting this club since its inception and it is our prayer that one day we will celebrate winning the league and even the FA Cup,” Adeboboye said. PUNCH Extra Sports.
While domestic titles have eluded the club, Sunshine Stars reached the semi-finals of the CAF Confederation Cup and the CAF Champions League in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
They are drawn into Group B of the abbreviated 2022/23 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League and will face newly promoted side Doma United in their opening match on Sunday in Gombe.