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Utim Godfrey Late Strike Earns Lobi Stars The Bragging Rights Against Wikki Tourists

July, 10 2022.

With the home side needing the maximum points to secure their status in the league, they began the game like a house on fire as they dominated early proceedings of the game.

Barnabas Imenger Jr was first to get a sight on goal when shot from Onuwa's pass could not find the back of the net despite been in a promising position.

Barnabas Imenger Jr and Godfrey Utim got two quick chances to hand Lobi the lead but both were fluffed as Wikki Tourists gradually grew into the game.

Faud Ekelojuoti got to the hand of Manu Garba's flick but his quick reaction was halted by Endurance Edebediri.

Lobi Stars however took the lead in the 17th minutes when Barnabas Imenger Jr reacted fast to stab home John Lazarus cross as he threw the fans in Makurdi to delirium.

Wikki Tourists took the game to Lobi Stars as they responded with two quick goals from Salisu Ibrahim.

First was a header from Mustapha Abdullahi's cross in the 37th minutes before an audacious shot from yards out 3 minutes later put the Bauchi Elephants ahead.

Lobi Stars got a later chance to level the scores before going for the half time but Ifeanyi Ogba's shot was deflected for a corner as the referee signaled for the half time.

Lobi Stars resumed with more intent as they kept the pressure on their visitors but Galadima Mohammed on two occasions denied Lobi Stars from close range.

Lobi Stars equalized in the 60th minutes when Tony Agbaji coverts from the spot after Utim Godfrey was fouled in the box

Wikki Tourists kept the home side at bay until the last moments of the when the referee pointed to the spot after Ifeanyi Ogba was upheld in the penalty area.

Tony Agbaji effort from the resultant penalty was well timed by Galadima Mohammed but Utim Godfrey reacted quickest to poke home from the rebound as Lobi Stars secured the maximum points with a 3-2 win.

Reacting Baba Ganaru of Lobi Stars attributed the win to the never say die attitude of his wards as they kept pressing till the very last minute of the game.

"It was a good game as we dominated the game but Wikki Tourists got back and stung us with an unexpected goal but we rallied back to win the game".

''I commend my players as they showed a never say die attitude, we move to our next game".

Coach Abdullahi of Wikki however decried the manner at which his side lost the game today.

"It was quite unfortunate that we lost today due to our loss of concentration but we will have to move on to our next match", the soft spoken Coach concluded.

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