Lobi Stars Football Club recovered from a shocking start to beat Cynosure FC 2-1 in the ongoing Governor Nyesom Wike Preseason Tournament on Tuesday at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Poor communication between Lobi Stars goalkeeper and defenders allowed Patrick Osike to give Cynosure the opening goal in the 19th minute.
Lobi Stars recovered in the second half with diminutive midfielder Onuwa Chukwuka leading the assault on Cynosure FC.
Onuwa was involved in the build-up, combining well to set up substitute Abdulkareem Mumini to head past the goalkeeper for the equalising goal in the 70th minute.
Lobi Stars Captain Ebube Duru scored from a free-kick four minutes after in the 74th minute to give the Makurdi side a hard-fought victory and maintain their unbeaten run in the tournament.
Lobi Stars coach Emmanuel Osah praised his team for the comeback and said the experience in his team helped won the match.
“The game was tough, both teams played very well, we had experienced players more than the other team and that was what actually made us triumph and our determination not to lose the match.”
Lobi Stars started the game slowly but coach Osah said the team never underrated their opponent.
“We have never in any game underrated our opponent, we know that the team we are going to meet is also a good team because they have come into this competition equally good.
“We take these matches the way they come, we don’t underrate any team, you don’t know the preparations of the other team and they started very strongly against us, but we had the will power and that won us the game.
“Ofcourse, we were not scared, my team was not playing the way they were supposed to play, but after the halftime team talk, we played better.
“We had players like Onuwa on the bench and when he came on, he changed the complexion of the game, that was the strategy all along.”
Cynosure FC coach, Afolabi Oluwaseun said his team will take the positives from the tournament which will help them to learn and grow.
“Every coach plans to win not to lose, but in the second half, one of my midfielders was injured and he had to be substituted which demoralised the midfield.
“We have discovered a lot to work on the team, I’m still new in the team and I’m studying the players to know who and who can do it and we are also here to expose the players.
“The defeats will not affect the team and we believe we can come up and get it right in the next game.”
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