Lobi Stars dispatch Sundowns in Champions League

Head coach Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns reacts on the touchline (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Head coach Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns reacts on the touchline (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Mamelodi Sundowns got their CAF Champions League Group A campaign off to the worst possible start, as they lost 2-1 to Lobi Stars, in Enugu, Nigeria on Friday evening.

Things started well for the Chloorkop-based side with Uruguayan attacker Gaston Sirino doing some good work, before cutting the ball back for Anthony Laffor to open the scoring in the 37th minute.

With Sundowns piling on the pressure, the home team’s best chance of beating the visitors No 1 Kennedy Mweene, seemed to be from a counter attack situation.

It was from one of these movements that Stars managed to raid the Sundowns goal area, resulting in centre back Ricardo Nascimento fouling striker Yaya Kone. With one minute to the halftime whistle, Kone scored the equaliser from the penalty spot.

The Nigerian Premier League champions took the lead six minutes into the second half, when Ebube Duru fired home from inside a crowded Sundowns penalty area.

Left wing Lyle Lakay was a constant threat to the Nigerian side, as was Laffor, but the Pretoria side will go home knowing that they had more than their fair share of chances that they failed to convert into goals.

Sundowns will shift their focus to the Absa Premiership, as they prepare to host bottom-of-the-log Maritzburg United on Wednesday, before a home Champions League clash with Wydad Casablanca on January 19.

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