FT Lobi Stars do Nigeria proud. They advance to the group stage. Sorry, Kenya. Well done and we the 9aija fans are loyal.
Sikiru Alimi hits the target to record his second goal in the competition.
10 mins left. Lobi coming on strong while the Kenyans waste time at every opportunity. One more goal will see Lobi through !
Goalllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Lobi Stars !!!! Alimi 70th min.
The game has kicked-off 0:0
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia are one match away from making history as the first Kenyan team to make the group stages of the CAF Champions League as they take on Nigerian side Lobi Stars at the Cathedral in Enugu today.
Gor Mahia carry an impressive 3-1 lead into today’s match, a result they registered in the first leg last weekend at home meaning they already have one leg in the group stages.
But Gor Mahia captain Haroun Shakava (above) has warned against slackening and insists the work is not over yet for his side and that they actually need both feet to step forward.
“Playing at this level is very tough and we cannot assume that it is done after our first leg win. We must continue to fight even today and put our opponents under pressure as we try to score. “It is great that we are going into this match with a healthy lead and we must do everything to protect it,” he said before the team left.
Their incentive is dual fold. First, they make history and secondly they get a bonus of Sh56 million or a little over N200m from Caf.
Though many in Nigeria may not be willing to admit it, playing Lobi Stars in Enugu on the same weekend that the Enugu Rangers are hosting Algerian club, USM Bel Abbes in the second leg of their Confederation Cup encounter, may work in the favour of the East Africans. This is because the local fans will probably be more bent on going to their game as opposed to today's own.
Lobi fans against UMS de Loum
As we know Lobi plays in Enugu because their own airport simply cant accommodate the volume and size of aircraft anticipated for such an International clash. Nevertheless, there will be tons of Lobi fans as the Governor of Benue State Samuel Ortom, who is expected to be at the game, has provided a slew of free buses to ferry them to the Coal City.
Meanwhile, if there has been one name on the lips of the Lobi defenders it has been that of Jacques Tuyisenge. The Rwandan poacher is as slippery as a banana peel soaked in oil, and will prove to be quite a handful again as he will be leading the Gor attack. His goal last weekend was a historical moment as it was his 50th goal in 97 appearances for the club.
The achievement makes Tuyisenge (above) only the second player behind Meddie Kagere in recent years to score 50 goals for the KPL champions. This tally includes five at the continental level making him the perfect man to lead Gor Mahia in this most important fixture. All this attention though has made him a marked man and how the duel enfolds is just a matter of hours away.
Game Time is 15.00 (WAT) or 17.00 (EAT) and the weather conditions will hover around 71 °F with 0% of precipitation.