Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi lost 2-0 to hosts Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan (3SC) on Sunday in their first match of the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) 2016/2017 season.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that hosts 3SC secured victory through 21st and 65th minute goals by Wahab Afolabi and Sunday Faleye respectively.
NAN reports that Afolabi converted a left wing cross from Waheed Omololu to set the tone for the victory and place his team in the game’s driving seat.
3SC had several chances in the first half but could get no more goal, while their defence line coordinated by Suraj Sodiq was able to hold the visitors down.
The 3SC goalkeeper, Adamu Abubakar, was less troubled as Lobi Stars were unable to convert their few chances in the match.
Coach Fatai Amoo of 3SC later told newsmen that his team played well, describing it as a good performance.
He said his players were up against a very experienced team, thanking them for converting some of the chances.
Speaking on the team’s next match against Sunshine Stars of Akure, Amoo said the team would be worked upon to give a better performance.
“It is illogical to rate the boys now. We will work on them, particularly the defence line,” he said.