*NPFL MD8 Preview: Sunshine Stars vs. Kano Pillars*
Sunshine Stars will attempt to get their 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) campaign back on track on Sunday when they play host to third place Pillars at the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure in a match day eight tie.

In the previous match day capitulation at Plateau United Sunshine Stars were forced to make do with an entire team of 11 old players as the league body rejected the registration of the team’s new players due to litigation on the Club’s alleged indebtedness to former personnel.

However, following renewed efforts by the team’s management coach Duke Udi will still not enjoy the compliment of a squad to choose from, though he will be able to call on seven of his new players for the visit of the former champions.
*Stars to watch*

Sunshine Stars will be buoyed by the return of midfield maestro, Dayo Ojo who had an impressive CHAN 2018 outing with the home based Eagles in Morocco, just as the visitors welcom back Ojo’s roommate at the national team, Rabiu Ali who will be expected to provide services for red-hot Junior Lakosa.
*Previous meetings*

In this heavyweights clash Sunshine Stars have managed just one win in the last five outings against Kano Pillars four.

11/06/17 Pillars 3-1 Sunshine Stars

25/01/17 Sunshine Stars 1-0 Pillars

04/09/16 Pillars 2-0 Sunshine Stars

01/05/16 Sunshine Stars 0-1 Pillars

11/10/15 Pillars 2-1 Sunshine Stars
*NPFL Form Guide*

Save for the heavy defeat in Jos 5th place Sunshine Stars campaign have been relatively impressive with three home wins and two draws on the road in the opening seven round of matches, though will have to be wary of Pillars’ unbeaten run in five matches.
*Sunshine Stars: LWDWL*

Nasarawa 2-0 Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars 2-0 Rivers United

Abia Warriors 0-0 Sunshine Stars

Sunshine Stars 1-0 El Kanemi

Plateau United 5-0 Sunshine Stars
*Kano Pillars: LWDWW*

Rivers United 2 – 1 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars 2 – 1 Abia Warriors

El Kanemi Warriors 0 – 0 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars 2 – 0 Plateau United

Kano Pillars 2 – 0 MFM
*Team news*

New recruits, Moses Ocheije, Sunday Abe(C), El Shittu Lawal, Jide Fatokun, Omotayo Adebogun, Sunday Emmanuel & Charles Okoro will be eligible to feature for the hosts on Sunday after their contracts were redeposited successfully while the registration of other new players is still withheld.

Defensive duo, Adebayo Adigun and Kehinde Adeyemi remained sidelined with knee injuries. Rock Durand is still struggling for fitness following recovery made from a long thigh injury.
Chris Okunnuwa
Media Officer; Sunshine Stars FC
08030911556|www.sunshinefc.com|Instagram, Facebook & Twitter: @SunshineFCAkure

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