Lobi Stars, Nigeria’s sole campaigners in the CAF Champions League are excited with the bright start they recorded in the competition against former Champions Mamelodi Sundowns

Though Lobi Stars were the least ranked in their group they came from behind to beat South Africa giants Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 on Friday.

Lobi Stars beat the 2016 Champions League winners in only their second appearance in the group stage, which is the furthest they have been in this competition.

The Ortom Boys’ coach Solomon Ogbeide was bullish about his team’s chances before the match.

He did, however, admit that they were the underdogs against the former African champions.

But Ogbeide argued that Nigeria’s national team have been dominant over their South African counterparts, losing only one competitive match in a long-held rivalry that stretches beyond the football pitch and crosses into politics too.

He was confident that Stars would continue that Nigerian dominance over the South African champions. His team did just that, recording a famous win on Friday.

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Anthony Laffor had given the visitors the lead. The Liberian, who thrives in big matches, made no mistake in the 37th minute.

But that lead was short-lived as Stars responded swiftly. Yaya Kone equalised for the Nigerians just before halftime from the penalty spot, after Ricardo Nascimento had brought down Sunday Adetunji inside his box.

Stars started the second half the more dominant of the two. Samuel Mathias put them in front after a scramble in the box.

Sundowns pressed the Nigerians high up in search of an equaliser and a crucial away point, but the Nigerians stood resolute.


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