Former MFM defender Bashiru Monsuru scored the winner as Lobi Stars defeated high-flying MFM FC 2-1 in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled Match Day 3 encounter decided on Wednesday in Makurdi.
Midfielder Dare Ojo gave Lobi Stars the lead in the 16th minute with a trademark long range effort which sailed past MFM’s debutant goalkeeper Olatunji Odekunle.
The visitors MFM who are on top of their group in the abridged league format however drew level in the 28th minute through Chijioke Akuneto who tapped home Michael Ohanu’s cross after a good counter-attacking move.
Champions League representatives Lobi Stars though went back in front in the 70th minute through a well-hit effort from Monsuru who joined the club from MFM FC two seasons ago.
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Victory lifts Lobi Stars out of the relegation zone despite still having four games outstanding. They are now sixth on the Group A log with eleven points from six matches.
MFM FC remain top of the Group with eighteen points from nine matches and will face Bendel Insurance in their next league game at the Agege Stadium on Sunday.
Lobi Stars meanwhile will face Ivorian side ASEC Mimosas in their final CAF Champions League group game in Enugu on Sunday having no chance of progressing to the next round of the competition.