Lobi Stars head coach Solomon Ogbeide says his side‘s CAF Champions league second victory over Gor Mahia of Kenya was down to the player’s dedication and faith in the work of the technical crew of the team.
Lobi Stars suffered a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Kenya but turned the tie around with two late goals from latest signing Sikiru Alimi to book their place in the group stage of the competition.
Ogbeide told the media after the game that his side suffered the first leg loss because they know nothing about the playing style of their opponents.
“When we went to Kenya, we knew nothing about our opponents besides scanty information we got about them,” Ogbeide told media.
“We went to Nairobi very prepared but we could get it right there. They ought not to have beaten us the way they did at the end of the first 90 minutes and it was the reason I said it was based on our attitude that we lost the game and not that they were the better team.
While preparing for the return fixture in Nigeria, The gaffer stressedthat the technical crew worked on the psychology of the players and the details they gathered after the first leg.
“We worked on it psychologically. We looked at the match tapes and we saw where we faltered. We got their strong and weak points and we worked on them. When you have faith in your work you will remain very optimistic. I was very optimistic that we would win.
“It is football for you where blamed and credit are apportioned in almost equal proportion. If I win or lose I take responsibility. There were some obvious mistakes in Nairobi and I corrected them. Our own kind of correction is to guard against further reoccurrence and it is not to crucify them.”
Ogbeide however added that he decided to give goalkeeper John Lawrence chance in goal because he of his qualities and not because Ospino Egbe who was in the matchday squad conceded three goals in Nairobi.
“I don’t have the first team. What I do is to look at the team I am going to play and the players at my disposal,” he continued.
“I pick players based on my opponents and the pattern I intend adopting. It wasn’t because Egbe conceded two goals in the last game that made him be sacrificed for this game.”
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