Sikiru Alimi of Lobi Stars Photo: Victor Modo
Nigeria sole representatives in the CAF Champions League, Lobi Stars ended their campaign with a 2-0 win over ASEC Mimosas in their final group game at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, reports.
Sikiru Alimi’s first-half brace secured the win for the Pride of Benue who bowed out of the tournament on a high note.
Lobi Stars shot into the lead after just 120 seconds when Matthias Martins cutback pass found an unmarked Alimi in the box and the striker poked in the ball from close range to put Lobi 1-0 up.
ASEC were then hit with a big blow as they had to make a forced substitution with Thomas Gonazo taking the place of injured Sako Umar in the 21st minute.
The substitution, however, failed to lift the visitors as Lobi punished their lax defending again in the 39th-minute this time it was Dare Ojo that provided a cutback pass to Alimi and the striker in a similar fashion scored from close range to give Lobi a 2-0 lead.
Lobi continued their dominance in the second half with Alimi keen on grabbing a hat-trick but it was not to be as the match ended 2-0 in favour of the Pride of Benue.
The win, however, took Lobi to third in the group with seven points as they finished in a respectable position with Wydad and Sundowns qualifying from the group as they both finished on 10 points respectively.