Lobi Stars’ hope of sharing the spoils with El Kanemi was dashed in stoppage time as the Maiduguri club claimed all three points in the Nigeria Professional Football League on played on Saturday.
Usman Malika put the ball past goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, who was named in Lobi’s match-day squad, his first in many months after spells with the Super Eagles.
Agbim came on for John Lawrence after he was sent off for a second bookable offense before half time.
After the break, it was the home side who took advantage of Lobi’s predicament to pile pressure.
Three minutes into stoppage of the second half, Malika’s effort was deflected in to break the hearts of Lobi’s contingent who were already hoping to become leave Maiduguri with a point.
El-Kanemi have now moved into the top-10 and have 31 points.