Tuesday Dec 18, 2018. 10:14
Nigerian side with a mountain to climb if they are to reach CAFCL group stage.
Solomon Ogbeide, the head coach of Nigerian side Lobi Stars, has slammed his defenders following their 3-1 loss to Kenya’s Gor Mahia in the CAF Champions League this past weekend.
Mahia claimed a 3-1 win in the first leg of the teams’ first round tie at Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi last Sunday.
A brace from Samuel Onyango a Jacques Tuyisenge strike saw the 18-time Kenyan league champions claim a healthy lead to take to the return game in Enugu this coming Saturday.
Ogbeide believes his side will perform better in the second leg, but only if they learn from the defeat in Kenya.
“That’s football we have to look where we went wrong and make corrections. A lapse of concentration by my defenders allowed quick goals and we will make adjustments before the return match. We are hopeful for a good result in the return match,” he explained.
“The main problem was not on coaching, but attitude, attitude cost us and we have to improve on that,” he added.
Mahia are looking to become the first Kenyan club to reach the group stages of the Champions League, while Stars last appeared in that phase of the premier continental competition back in 2000.
The return match is scheduled to be played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. The aggregate winners advance to the group stage, while the losers will drop into the playoff round of the Confederation Cup.