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Lobi Stars 2-1 Mamelodi Sundowns: What did we learn?

4:07 PM GMT+4 15/01/2019
Lobi Stars head coach Solomon Ogbeide.
The Pride of Benue came from a goal down to record an important 2-1 win in their Caf Champions League Group A opener against the South Africans

  • Lobi Stars

    #1 A game of two halves

    Mamelodi Sundowns were in the ascendancy from the start and took a deserved lead with six minutes left to wrap up the first half. Although Lobi Stars would equalise a few moments later, the opening goal from Anthony Laffor proved to be the catalyst in ensuring the Nigerians dominated the second half, which ultimately gave them the victory.

  • Kennedy Mweene, Mamelodi Sundowns, February 2016.

    #2 Mweene is evergreen

    The eventual onslaught from Lobi Stars meant they could have torn Sundowns to shreds, but the South African outfit had goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene, who made a couple of top saves to limit the damage, to thank for a respectable scoreline. At 34, the Zambia international is still at the top of his game, and will certainly be a key figure in his team’s quest to turn things around in the Champions League after Friday’s disappointment.

  • Sunday Adetunji Enyimba

    #3 Adetunji providing continental value once again

    Just last year, Sunday Adetunji joined Enyimba from Abia Warriors and, within a short space of time, was playing a prominent role in the People’s Elephant's Caf Confederation Cup campaign, which ultimately led them to the semi-finals. Now with Lobi Stars, he showed his value again with his movement and work rate proving too much for Pitso Mosimane’s men to handle. As a proven goalscorer in the Nigeria Professional Football League, Adetunji looks set to dazzle on the continental stage for the second year in a row.

  • Lobi Stars 29022016

    #4 Enugu is very much like home

    Prior to the commencement of their Champions League campaign, Lobi Stars’ Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi failed to meet Caf standards and the team have had to use the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, home of Enugu Rangers, instead. There were fears that the Pride of Benue might not cope there, but with three wins on the bounce at that venue, the city of Enugu is the new 'home sweet home'.

  • Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns August 2018

    #5 Sundowns meltdown a concern

    Just when it seemed the Brazilians had control of this tie in the first half, capped off with an opening goal, they simply had no answer to Lobi Stars’ onslaught in the second half which condemned them to defeat. It’s not the perfect start that Mosimane would have been hoping for, but he has to get his squad back together in a bid to avoid a disastrous continental campaign. Can the reigning South African champions avoid another meltdown moving forward?