Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 Lobi Stars: Five things we learnt

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Goal looks at five lessons learnt as the reigning Nigerian champions bowed to the Brazilians at Loftus Versfeld Stadium

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    #1 Femi Thomas stands out brightly

    A 3-0 drubbing is disappointing whichever way you look at it, but it could have been worse for Lobi Stars if not for their goalkeeper Femi Thomas. Just like he did in Morocco, the shot-stopper made some daring saves in Pretoria that ensured that there was some level of pride left for the Benue State team. It is expected that the National team handlers would at the direction of Thomas very soon
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    #2 Lobi Stars are jittery away from home

    All through their camping in the Caf Champions League this season, Lobi Stars only scored once away from home and it was in the 3-1 away loss to Gor Mahia. The disappointing trend points to either below-par attacking personnel or wrong tactical approach by veteran coach Solomon Ogbeide. 
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    #3 Early goals unsettle even the strongest of teams

    The bright start by Pitso Mosimane’s side in Saturday ’s tie against Lobi was crucial and a game changer. The Brazilians showed they meant business as they took the lead as early as the second minute when defender Morena blasted the ball from close range. A few minutes later, Lobi Stars tried to reply with an attack of their own after Ricardo Nascimento forgot the basics of defending inside the penalty box but goalkeeper Denis Onyango saved his blushes.

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    #4 Loss of concentration

    Apart from starting on a shaky note by conceding a goal in less than three minutes of the game; concentration was at the lowest ebb for Lobi Stars as they shipped in two more goals in the second half 

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    #5 Loyal fans

    Playing away from their traditional base in Benue State always throw Lobi Stars doing their thing just in front of scantily filled Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium alumnis. It was not the same in Pretoria where they had no one to cheer them up