A second half strike from new signing Newman Musa was all the hosts needed to condemn their Bayelsa-based opponents to a defeat.
The hosts came in to the game with the intention of climbing up the Nigeria league log having beefed up their squad with 13 players that included veteran striker Victor Ezeji with Cletus Itodo and Ajani Ibrahim returning to the Akure based outfit.
Sunshine had several chances in the opening minutes to have silenced their dogged visitors within the first 20 minutes but their major undoing was poor finishing. Their first chance came in the fifth minute when Jide Williams floated a cross to Anayor Emmanuel who could not bury the ball into the net with only the goalkeeper to beat.
Three minutes later, Nembe City had a crystal clear chance to stun the hosts when Ugo Joshua made a mince-meat of Sunshine defence anchored by Aggreh Prince but had his last effort cleared by on-rushing Jude Ebitogwa.
In the 15th minute, Henry Abiodun’s side had another chance wasted after Itodo failed to connect well to a short pass from Tamen Medrano. Itodo was the culprit again as he made a mess of another glorious chance again in the 21st minute his low shot that completely beat goalkeeper Ifeanyi Agu missed the target.
On resumption of the second half, Sunshine Stars became more desperate in search of the first goal of the encounter but could not tame the stubborn backline of John Aranka’s men anchored by Kola Awe.
New signing Newman Musa gave Sunshine the lead in the 70th minute to the relief of the home fans. Musa beat the offside trap to slot the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Ifeanyi Agu.