By Johnpaul Nnamdi
Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Champions League recorded an impressive home win in the group stage opener against South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns.
The game ended 2-1 in favour of the Pride of Benue who were absolutely brilliant by coming from behind to win the encounter.
Liberian forward, Anthony Laffor opened the scoreline in the 38th minute to put the Brazilians ahead, but the visitors’ lead would not last into the second half as Sunday Adetunji, on-loan from Abia Warriors, was fouled in the box.
Yaya Kone converted the resultant spot-kick to level up scores 45 minutes on the dot.
The second half did not witness much scoring chances, but Lobi had better opportunities and even had a goal which was ruled out for offside.
Lobi’s second goal came in the 52nd minute when Samuel Matthias ran into the box, unmarked to slot home the ball after Sunday Adetunji’s effort was blocked.
The maximum points garnered from matchday 1 put Lobi Stars on top of group A ahead of ASEC and Wydad Casablanca with Mamelodi Sundowns occupying the base of the log.