OGBEIDE: MENTALITY, FAITH, VIDEOS HELPED US BEAT GOR MAHIA.
NIGERIA PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPION LOBI STAR FOOTBALL CLUB OF MARKURDI, STILL STANDING TALL AFTER A CONFIDENT WIN AT ENUGU, THRASHING GOR MAHIA OF KENYA 2-0 TO REACH THE CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE LAST WEEKEND.
Solomon Ogbeide the head coach said, the victory was actualize through a rigorous mental revival in his players, faith in their abilities and watching video playback, all of which he says helped them make correction from the first leg loss.
It will be recalled that Lobi Star’s loss 3-1 away to Gor Mahia, in their first leg of the knockout stage in the preliminary stage of the CAF Champion League, which come has a shock to them has the home side took advantage of error made by Lobi Star’s center half which lead to a 3-1 wins.
footballive.ng gathered further that Ogbeide refused to give up on his side, following their loss in Nairobi, which he put down to poor attitude from is players as he believes they were still the better side.
From the first leg, we learnt a lot we came with a game plan, and we executed it excellent nothing less, we know if they have the ball they can be dangerous with their wide men so we kept the ball and we well knew they play high sending players forward, so we waited patiently and take them on counter before they could recover.
The veteran coach further disclosed that he has happy with his players all played to instructions for the most part of the encounter in Enugu.
Ogbeide said:”We worked on it mentally. 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 blame 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”.