Sunshine Stars began the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a home draw against Abia Warriors.
The first half saw few chances as both sides failed to create openings to hurt each other.
However, the biggest highlight was the heroics of Abia Warriors goalkeeper Chinedu Anozie who foiled the home side’s attempt to take the lead on two occasions.
First, he saved from Okiki and later produced a fine stop to prevent a well work team move from resulting in a goal.
Rasaq Adegbite gave Sunshine Stars the lead at the start of the second half as he headed past the impressive Anozie to make it 1-0. The visitors immediately sent on Chisom Chikatara for Anthony Okemmiri as they looked to rescue a point.
The home-based Super Eagles star immediately made his impact felt as he curled a shot over the bar but it wasn’t long before the visitors levelled scores when Emmanuel Olowo jabbed in following a goalmouth scramble.
That proved to be a pain in the hearts of the home fans as referee Marcus Bwashi blew the final whistle.