Nigeria’s Lobi Stars Friday evening took a provisional leadership of CAF Champions League Group A after beating South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 in Enugu.
The Nigerian side will however wait till later in the night to confirm their leadership after Wydad Casablanca of Morocco would have also hosted Cote d’Ivoire’s ASEC Mimosa in a heavy weight clash.
Lobi, returning to continental assignment after years of absence got the match underway with fury. But they were later neutrialised by their better-known opponents and visitors who have Zambian first choice goalkeeper, Kennedy Mwene guiding the goal post.
Mamelodi Sundowns entered the game with an intimidating nine-match unbeaten run, which the Nigerian side terminated. However, the South Africans drew the first blood after Anthony Laffor shot ahead in the 38th minute.
Respite came the way of Lobi Stars when a striker was fouled in the penalty box. Ivorien import, Yaya Kone expertly converted the penalty kick to level terms for Lobi Stars.
The Nigerian side opened the second half with fury and getting the winning goal through Mathias Martin.