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Ogbeide still hopeful despite Lobi Star’s home loss to Wydad Casablanca

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Despite losing at home to Moroccan giants, Wydad Casablanca in their match day three group stage fixture at the ongoing CAF Champions League on Saturday, Lobi Stars head coach, Solomon Ogbeide still believes his wards can make amends and qualify for the semifinals of the competition, reports footballlive.com.

Lobi Stars were beaten 1-0 by the visiting WAC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu on Saturday. The Makurdi-based team have won one game and lost two in the group stage of the competition, which offers only the first two teams passage to the semifinals.

Speaking at the end of the match, the veteran coach insists that they can also pick points away from home to stay in business.

“We are disappointed in the result, but this does not mean we are out of the competition. We still have three more games in the group, stage though we will be going to play away in two of those but we are confident we can get results away from home despite how difficult people may think it is.”

Wydad Casablanca took the lead in the 29th minute through Mohammed Nahiri after Lobi defender Sanni Mama Bah-Yere fouled Wydad’s striker in the box.

The Moroccan team failed to increase their lead when Nahiri missed a second penalty in the second half of the encounter.

With the win Wydad Casablanca leapfrogs Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa to go top of the group on six points with a superior goal difference, while Lobi is third on the log on three points with ASEC Mimosa is bottom of the log after three games also on three points.

Lobi’s next game in the CAF Champions league is a return trip to Morocco to face Wydad on February 12 at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah.


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