Lobi Stars’ coach, Mike Idoko, has asked for fair officiating ahead of their crucial CAF Champions League game against Mamelodi Soundows of South Africa.
Idoko claimed the NPFL champions did not enjoy a “level playing field” in their 1-0 home loss to Wydad Casablanca of Morocco in Enugu two weeks ago.
He stated that officiating was better in the return leg of the fixture, saying it gave the team opportunity to prove his claim after forcing Wydad to a draw in front of their home fans.
“Sundows is better than the Moroccan team, but we played Sundows hands down when we had a level playing ground. But I want to state it clearly here that there was no such when Wydad came here,” he said.
“In the return leg, we showed people that we could have won the home game if we had a level playing ground.”
Lobi, who are bottom of Group A on four points, will travel next to South Africa to face Sundows. The 2016 Champions League winners are second on the log with seven points.
The Nigerian sole representative must avoid a defeat to nurture any ambition of progressing in the continental club competition.