Sunshine Stars’ survival hopes suffered another blow at FC Ifeanyi Ubah, where a strong second half showing was the difference between the sides.
The Owena Whales had led through Sikiru Alimi in the 17th minute, but captain Patrick Ikeokwu equalised eight minutes later, as the first half ended 1-1.
Traore Issif appeared to have afforded the hosts a degree of comfort when he steered home a clever header thanks to Wasiu Jimoh’s assist in the 48th minute.
29 minutes to full time Chijioke Alaekwe powered in the third as coach Henry Abiodun’s side failed in their bid to claw back.
Sunshine Stars are now winless in their last three outings and now stay 17th on the Nigeria Professional Football League log with 17 points from 16 matches.
They host 12th placed Wikki Tourist in their next fixture as they continue their battle toward leaving the murky waters.