Newly contracted Sunshine Stars of Akure Technical Adviser, Duke Udi is aiming to start his reign on a high at the struggling side with an upset win at high flying MFM FC of Lagos in the NPFL matchday -26 fixture today (Wednesday) at Agege Stadium, Lagos, Completesportsnigeria.com reports..
Just last week, Udi was hired as replacement for Austine Eguavoen who stepped down from his managerial post at the Akure Gunners.
He will make his debut against MFM in today's NPFL matchday-26 clash.
"I would want to start my era at Sunshine Stars brightly with a win against MFM in Lagos on Wednesday", Udi said even as he admitted success in the game is akin to crossing a deep, turbulent sea.
"MFM are a very good side, they have been together for a long time and this has positively reflected in their present form, performance and position in the Premier League table.
"Don't forget that they defeated us 1-0 in Akure (matchday-6), so coming to play them at their home ground where they have not lost any single game will not be a walk in the park.
"But our target is well defined, the players are in high spirit and the team intact without injuries except one player, an attacker, whose position could be taken up by another."
Sunshine Stars have been riding the turbulent wave in the current campaign with relegation starring them in the face.
This, and internal rancour have hindered the team's campaign in the top flight this term, with coach Austine Eguavoen stepping down from his role less than five weeks after mounting the saddle.
But Udi, who has had coaching spells at FC Giwa, Enugu Rangers and Osun United, a second tier league side before surprisingly taking up Sunshine Stars role despite the seeming difficult nature of the task. He is not affraid to confront the challenge.
"The target I was given was the club retaining its Premier League status and not to be relegated," continues Udi, a former Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Enyimba of Aba midfielder who also featured for some clubs in Europe, including Grasshoppers of Switzerland , as well as the Super Eagles in his glittering career.
"Some people even asked me why I accepted the job in the first place, considering the bad shape of the team in the NPFL.
"But I told them I'm someone who likes challenges, and that challenges make me a better person.
"I never shy away from taking risks or confronting challenges, so I believe I'm going to successfully meet the mandate set for me by the sponsors of the club.
"All that I need is the support of the fans and supporters as well as the management even though they have given me the best support since I arrived here.
"They have also given a friendly environment and atmosphere so far since the last one week of my arrival here.
"Hopefully, at the end of the season, everybody will have cause to be happy after we must have achieved our objective."
Udi stepped down from his managerial position at Osun United last week Monday before taking up the Sunshine Stars job.