Troubled Sunshine Stars put aside their financial crisis to beat high-flying Rivers United 1-0 on Sunday.
The Ondo-based club clinched the victory in a match day 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) played at the Akure Township Stadium.
Former Enyimba Midfielder, Ayo Saka, pulled a belter from 14 yards to hand the Owena Waves their win of the season.
The result moved Sunshine Stars six places to the 11th position with 12 points on the table.
NPFL Match Day 10 Results
Meanwhile, Prince Aggreh scored from the penalty spot as FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated league leaders, Plateau United 1-0 in Nnewi, Anambra State.
Chinedu Udoji’s first-half header also earned Kano Pillars a lone victory over neighbours, Katsina United.
In a similar development, Lobi Stars came from behind to beat seven-time champions, Enyimba with goals from Anthony Okpotu and former Enyimba Midfielder, David Tyavkase.
Niger Tornadoes maintained a perfect home record after a 1-0 win over struggling Gombe United in Lokoja.
El-Kanemi warriors also stunned Nasarawa United 2-0 with two second half goals while ABS FC edged past Wikki Tourists 1-0.
Enyimba midfielder, Henry Uche has expressed optimism that the country’s representative at the AFCON 2013; Super Eagles will surprise Nigerians in the tournament.
Uche who was part of the Super Eagles squad to be in South Africa but unfortunately was part of the first set of four players dropped from the squad said that the players who are still camped at Faro, Portugal are in a battle mood as their spirits are so high in terms of performance.
Coach Stephen Keshi dropped Uche, who debuted for Nigeria last year along with Kano Pillars’ defender Papa Idris, Turkey-based striker Uche Kalu and Rabiu Ibrahim.
The Enyimba midfielder said the super Eagles shouldn’t be judged now but Nigerians should just wait till the competition kicks off before judgment can be passed as Coach Keshi will praised for a well-done job on the squad representing Nigeria in the Nations Cup.
“Nigerians should not judge the Eagles with the recent friendly matches. I want them to wait till the Nations Cup kicks off, by then they will see a different and ‘superb’ Eagles on display.
“From the little time I spent with the team in Faro, I can conveniently tell Nigerians that the mood and the spirit in camp are high. The Eagles are raring to go. The focus of every player is the Nations Cup and with the determination and commitment, I’m sure that Nigeria will have cause to rejoice with the team after the tournament,” he said.
The Super Eagles will be playing their first match on the 21st of January.