Mike Idoko, the vice chairman of Lobi Stars, the country’s representative in the CAF Champions League, has assured Nigerians that the club will bounce back and still secure qualification to the next round of the competition despite their 1-0 loss at home to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.
Speaking with our correspondent, the former Sunshine Stars of Akure administrator said there was no need to press the panic button yet and that the club has what it takes to get points away from home.
“There is no need dwelling on what has happened, all we need to do is to find a way of bouncing back immediately,” Idoko said. “It was unfortunate that we lost the at home but we are putting that behind us for now.
The players and the technical crew know what to do. “Our opponents pick three maximum points against us and what stops us from doing the same to them in Morocco or picking three points against Mamelodi Sundowns? “The second leg is next week and we are going to put our house in order and prepare very well for the game ahead of us.
“We are currently playing almost away from home even though the Enugu fans have been fantastic and been supportive, but we would have loved to play in Markurdi, however, there is nothing we can do about that.” Wydad’s Mohamed Nahiri scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the 20th minute to secure the maximum points.
Meanwhile, Aiteo Cup winners, Rangers, continued their unbeaten run in the CAF Confederation Cup as they defeated SALITAS FC of Burkina Faso 2-0 in their group stage opening game with goals from Godwin Aguda and Isaac Loute enough to get the victory. Rangers will be away to Tunisia Club Sportif Sfaxien in their next game in a week’s time.