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LOBI VS. 3SC: DOMBRAYE AND AGOYE GIVES OPPOSING VIEWS

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BY OYEWUNMI KAFAYAT

Two former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) took charge of opposite dugouts as Lobi Stars hosted Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) on MatchDay 3 in Makurdi.
Former Sharks player, Eddy Dombraye was leading Lobi Stars on his third game in his nascent NPFL Managerial career while Edith Agoye was leading his former side from Ibadan.

Lobi Stars came from behind to claim its first victory this season after a 2-1 win over 3SC which also marked the first loss by the Oluyole Warriors after three games.
Shooting Stars were relentless early in the game with coach Agoye adopting a loaded midfield and defensively cautious 5-4-1 formation with Odeyemi Ebenezer as the lone striker upfront. 

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In contrast, Dombraye opted for the 4-3-3 game plan with the wing backs supporting the attack from the flanks but were outnumbered and outclassed by the visitors in the middle of the pack where Kolawole Daniel, Akilu Mohammed and Ezeala Uche held sway. 
Shooting Stars went ahead after 40 minutes when Joshua Akhabue failed to make a good clearance in the box putting the ball on the path of Akilu Mohammed who made no mistake in slotting the stray ball beyond Emeka Onyia.
Dombraye in the second half, made changes to add the needed impetus to Lobi Stars attack by bringing in the duo of Nasiru Momoh and Ganda Samuel which emboldened Adams Olamilekan to push forward from the right side.

This move paid off in the 61st minute as the wing back, Olamilekan effectively utilised Ifeanyi Ogba low cross to round up the 3SC defence and tuck the ball beyond the keeper for the equaliser. 
Eleven minutes later, Adams was in the mix of happenings again as he raced to the touchline dribbling his way to supply a cross and finding Ogba in front of goal to score from close range for the winner.
Post match, Agoye attributed the loss to lack of experience on the part of the players. 

“We had some chances to end the game with some opportunities that came our way, but inexperience was our downfall, and we learnt a valuable lesson in this game.”

Dombraye expressed his displeasure with his team’s tendency to respond to opponents, as evidenced in the previous two games.

“This has been our biggest issue; we constantly let the opponents set the pace in the first half before charging back in the second. We must improve our mindset and guarantee that we begin and end on a positive note “, said Dombraye to NPFL.

Lobi Stars are now in sixth place on the log with five points from three games, while Shooting Stars are in 17th place with two points.

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