Rivers United suffer late heartbreak at Lobi
Rivers United’s poor form away from home continued on Friday as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Lobi Stars in a rearranged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game decided on Friday at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.
Second half substitute, Nanen Imenger scored the winner, six minutes from the end with a stunning header off an excellent Solomon Kwambe delivery despite Femi Thomas’ best efforts to keep it out.
United defended stoutly for most parts and looked full value for a share of the spoils especially after Thomas guessed right to push out Anthony Opkotu’s spot kick in the 64th minute.
Lobi dominated the first half headlined by the Rivers United captain, Festus Austine picking up an injury which now means he is a doubt for the club’s Caf Confederation Cup game against Ugandan club, KCCA next Tuesday.
The win sees Lobi Stars move up to third in the NPFL log with 39 points from 25 matches.
Rivers United remain in 15th place with 30 points from 24 matches.
Lobi Stars: Okiemute Odah, Kwambe Solomon, Ebube Duru, Joseph Nathaniel, Agbaji Anthony, Nya Dennis, Akleche Sunny, Okpotu Anthony (Nanen B. Imenger 76’) Eduwo Kingsley, David Tyavkase (Kadiri Samad 68’) and Mbah Ezekiel
Substitutes not used: John Lawrence, Bunde Moses, Akpojuwevwo Bright and Christopher Chigozie.
Rivers United: Femi Thomas, Nweke Ifeanyi, Wassa Gabriel, Markson Ojobo, Austine Festus, Ayobami Asekunowo 23’), Olalekan Gabriel, Obomate Frederick, Lukman Mohammed (Weli Christian 60’), John Odumegwu, Ayo Saka and Ovoke Bernard (Abdoulaye Kanoute 87’)
Substitutes not used: Akande Abiodun, Ali Chiwendu, Efosa Eguakun and Guy Keumian Venance