NPFL: Sunshine Stars vs Dolphins Preview: Edouk target victory over Henry Abiodun’s wards

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Festus Austin may play his first match for Dolphins this season as he has once against been listed in the match day squad for Sunday’s game against Sunshine Stars in Akure.
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Austin last featured for Dolphins in October 2013 in the last match of the season against Wikki Tourist.

His injury kept him out for 8 months and he only recently returned to training. He was listed in the match day squad against Crown FC last week but did not get to play.

Victor Ezuruike and Emma Olowo have both been ruled out of the game as Ezuruike is taking a rest from an injury while Olowo is preparing for his wedding.

MATCH PREVIEW
In Port Harcourt when both sides met March 29, 2014, Dolphins won 2-1, both goals scored by Emem Eduok.

Hope Fiberesima who is listed in today’s squad got a red card on the day while yellow cards were issued to Chizoba Amaefule, Isiaka Olawale and Tijani Adamu.

Dolphins are unbeaten in the last four league games, having last lost in Kano to Kano Pillars 3-1 on June 16, 2014.

Between then and now, Dolphins have beaten Pillars 1-0 and Heartland 1-0 in Port Harcourt; drawn against Giwa FC 1-1 in Jos and beaten Crown 2-0 in Port Harcourt.

MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head
The last time Dolphins got a result in Akure was in 2003 and the game ended 1-1 with Sampson Uborgu equalizing for Dolphins midway in the 2nd half.

Since then, Dolphins have lost every time they have been on the road to Sunshine, the most scandalous of them being the 3-0 loss last season in Akure.

Recent Head to head –
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Sunshine Stars 3-0 Dolphins

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Dolphins 1-1 Sunshine Stars

June 13, 2012
Sunshine Stars 1-0 Dolphins

January 7, 2012
Dolphins 1-0 Sunshine Stars

Match Day squad
Sunday Rotimi, Austin Brown, Chizoba Amaefule, Johnathan Zikiye, Ayobami Asekunowo, Joseph Douhadji, Xavier Mendy, Festus Austin, Emeka Atuloma, Victor Alegbe, Tijani Adamu, Chidiebere Okolie, Hope Fiberesima, Isiaka Olawale, Emem Eduok, Ebube Okpokwu, Bolaji Sarkin, Omo Johnson