Sunshine Stars striker Sikiru Alimi is delighted his hard work is paying off after his goal helped the Akure-based side to a come-from-behind win over Wikki Tourists on Sunday.
Abubakar Umar gave Wikki the lead in the 3rd minute but Alimi restored parity nine minutes later through a fine finish, his second goal in successive games. Franklin Sasere then scored the winner for the Owena Whales in the second half.
“It’s been hardwork and prayers,” Alimi told www.aclsports.com when asked what has led to his recent good form.
“I am really pleased it’s also paying off well for the team. My teammates have done a lot to deserve the win.
“We pushed ourselves beyond limits and we will keep getting better,” he added.
It has been a tough season for the 2012 CAF Champions semi-finalists who at some point had three points removed out of their points tally due to fans unrest at their home ground in Akure.
Sunday’s win however lifts the Henry Abiodun coached side out of the relegation zone and Alimi who has scored five league goals in his last eight games says it’s a welcome relief for the team.
“It (Sunday’s win) brought relief to the entire state.
“It is good for the players and entire fans as it means we can now do things without being under pressure.”
Asked if he’s hopeful of the club avoiding relegation at the end of the season, Alimi stated:
“Of course. That’s not our place, we know where we belong.”
Sunshine Stars are currently 15th on the log with twenty points from seventeen matches, one point clear of the drop zone.