Lobi Stars are the first Nigerian side to crash out of the continental championship this season.
One of Nigeria’s representatives at the CAF Confederation Cup, Lobi Stars of Makurdi has kissed the competition goodbye following their shocking 7-1 loss to Mozambique side, Liga Muculmana in the second leg game on Friday April 5, 2013 in Maputo.
The Nigerian flag bearers had gone into the second leg duel with what was considered a healthy 3-1 lead secured in the first leg played a fortnight ago at the Tafawa Balewa stadium in Bauchi.
However, they failed to take advantage of the lead as Friday’s 7-1 mauling means Lobi Stars are out on a 8-4 aggregate score line.
Liga Muculmana had always shown they were no pushovers. In Nigeria, they scored the first goal in Nigeria before Lobi Stars rallied to score three goals in the first leg.
At their Estádio da Liga in Maputo, Liga Muculmana were simply unstoppable as they hit seven goals past the Nigerian side.
Lobi’s goal keeper was issued a red card in the second half of tension soaked match leaving the team with 10 men as midfielder Ikenna Hillary was sacrificed for substitute goal keeper.
The Markurdi team are however crying blue murder as they allege that they were undone by the appalling officiating by Mauritius referee, Nonkoo Parmanand who was all out to see them lose.
Friday’s defeat means Lobi Stars are the first Nigerian club to crash out of the continental championship this season.
Nigeria has one more representative left in the Confederation Cup, Heartland, while the duo of Kano Pillars and Enugu Rangers and Kano Pillars are contesting for honours in the Champions League.
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