The Ortom Boys are hoping to stun the Brazilians, who are keen to go all the way in Africa’s most prestigious club competition
The two-time Nigerian champions are looking to make their mark in their return to the group stage having made their last appearance in 2000.
|Game||Lobi Stars v Mamelodi Sundowns|
|Date||Friday, January 11|
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This will be their first competitive match in 2019 with their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clash against Katsina United having been postponed due to Stars’ Champions League commitments.
Nicknamed Ortom Boys, Stars reached the last 16 after defeating Cameroonian side UMS de Loum and Kenyan outfit Gor Mahia in the qualifying rounds.
Ortom Boys head coach Solomon Ogbeide will look to Chile Azu and Sikiru Alim, who are key players for the Makurdi-based side.
Alimi hit the back of the twice during Stars’ qualifying campaign, while Azu is a tough defender.
Meanwhile, Sundowns have been one of the most consistent clubs in the Champions League as they are making their fourth consecutive appearance in the group stage.
The PSL champions are heading into this encounter having started 2019 with a 2-1 win over their Gauteng rivals Kaizer Chiefs in a domestic league game last weekend.
Prior to that the Brazilians booked their place in the last 16 after overcoming Leones Vegetarianos of Equatorial Guinea and Libyan outfit Al Ahly Benghazi in qualifying rounds.
Pitso Mosimane has stressed the importance of starting their group stage campaign well having led the team to the 2016 Champions League title.
The accomplished tactician will look to Liberian forward Anthony Laffor, who was on the scoresheet when the Brazilians defeated Chiefs.
This will be the first competitive meeting between Stars and Sundowns.
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The last time Sundowns played a Champions League game in Nigeria was two years ago.
The Brazilians succumbed to a 3-1 defeat to Stars’ NPFL rivals Enyimba FC at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.