Lobi Stars F.C.

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Lobi Stars Football Club (formerly known as Lobi Bank, BBL Hawks, and Hawks) is a soccer club based in Makurdi, Benue. They play in the Nigerian Professional Football League. The Stars' home is the 15,000 seat Aper Aku Stadium. For the 2012 season they played some games at Abuja's Old Parade Ground after they were denied use of Emmanuel Atongo Stadium, Katsina-Ala or Aper Aku Stadium[1].

Lobi Stars F.C.
Full nameLobi Stars Football Club
Nickname(s)Ortom boys
GroundAper Aku Stadium
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
ChairmanMike Idoko
LeagueNigeria Professional Football League


Founded as Hawks of Makurdi in 1981 by the Benue State sports council, the club was renamed Benue Breweries Limited (BBL) Hawks Football club, when the state-owned Breweries acquired the club in 1985. There was another change again when state-owned Lobi Bank acquired the club in 1990 and named it Lobi Bank Football Club.[2]

In 1999, the Nigeria Football League was played in a new format which saw the top four teams squaring up in a knock out Super League at the National Stadium, Surulere. Lobi Stars won the maiden edition of the Nigerian Super League under coach Godwin Koko Uwua's management. Lobi Stars won its first and only FA Cup title in 2003 after beating Sharks FC, In 2005 they reached the finals of the domestic FA Cup where they lost to Enyimba. They finished the 2008–09 season with an official record of 13 wins 10 draws & 15 losses after winning a game on appeal against Enugu Rangers, avoiding the drop by one point. In August 2009, the Benue State government announced the club will be leased to private ownership, ending direct support from the state, that never materialised. Lobi finished 3rd in Glo premier league in 2012 they also reached the Federation Cup final that season but lost to Heartland FC of Owerri.


1999, 2018.
  • Nigerian Super Cup: 1

Performance in CAF competitionsEdit

2000 – Group stage
2018 – Group stage
2004 – Second Round
2006 – Second Round
2012 – First Round
2010 – First Round

Current squadEdit

As of 21 December 2018[3]Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Olufemi Kayode
2   DF John Lazarus
3   DF Ebube Duru
4   DF Umar Zango
5   DF Anthony Agbaji
6   MF Otakho Alex Aghahowa
8   MF Cletus Itodo
9   FW Sikiru Alimi
10   FW David Tyavkase
11   MF Kester Kelly
12   FW Mbah Ezekiel
14   FW Samad Kadhiri
15   FW Najeem Olaitan Olukokun
No. Position Player
16   GK John Lawrence
19   MF Samuel Mathias
21   GK Egbe Ospina
22   MF Timothy Atamenwan
23   DF Monsuru Olawale Bashiru
25   FW Austine Ogunye
27   DF Azu Endurance Chile
28   GK Tambe Charles Mchinda
29   DF Ekene Olisema
34   FW Ezekiel Mbah

Coaching staffEdit

  • Technical Advisor –   Gbenga Ogunbote
  • Assistant Coach –
  • Technical Coach –

Former managersEdit

Notable PlayersEdit


  1. ^ Oluboytech; Oluboytech (2019-11-07). "Lobi Stars FC portal". Soccerhub. Retrieved 2019-11-09.
  2. ^ "Dominic Iorfa Online : About Lobi Stars". Dominic Iorfa Online. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  3. ^ CAF Champions League squad