Lobi Stars Football Club (formerly known as Mosquito football club, Lobi Bank, BBL Hawks, and Hawks) is a Nigerian professional soccer club based in Makurdi, Benue. The club competes in the Nigerian Professional Football League. The Stars' home is the 8,000 seater Aper Aku Stadium.[1]

Lobi Stars F.C.
Lobi Stars F.C.
Full nameLobi Stars Football Club
Nickname(s)Ortom boys
Founded1981 by late Bishop A.A. Usuh of the catholic diocese of Makurdi.
GroundAper Aku Stadium
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Capacity8,000
ChairmanTama Aondofar Emmanuel
LeagueNigeria Professional Football League
2020–21Nigeria Professional Football League, 8th of 20

History edit

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 of Port-Harcourt.[3]

In 2005 they reached the finals of the domestic FA Cup where they lost to Enyimba.[4]

They finished the 2008–09 season with an official record of 13 wins 10 draws and 15 losses after winning a game on appeal against Enugu Rangers, avoiding the drop by one point.[5]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Honours edit

Performance in CAF competitions edit

2000 – Group stage
2018–19 – Group stage
2004 – Second round
2006 – Second round
2012 – First round
2010 – First round

Current squad edit

As of 8 February 2024[7]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   NGA Daniel Atsaka
2 DF   NGA John Lazarus
3 DF   NGA Ebuka Anaekwe
6 DF   NGA Chinedu Sunday Chukwu
7 FW   NGA Stanley Oganbor
8 MF   NGA Kumaga Suur
9 FW   NGA Barnabas Imenger
11 FW   NGA Samuel Tiza Iorwuese
12 GK   NGA Emmanuel Daniel
13 DF   NGA Orji Kalu Okagbue
14 FW   NGA Dabani Godwin Alao
16 FW   NGA Waheed Adebayo
17 DF   NGA Moses Tsehuan
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   NGA Ajibola Adeleke
19 DF   NGA Mohammed Sani Rabiu
21 MF   NGA Christian Madu
22 MF   NGA Azeez Shobowale Shobola
23 DF   NGA Godfrey Utim
26 FW   NGA Yusuff Adewale
27 DF   NGA Monday Akile
28 MF   NGA Ahmad Liman
29 FW   NGA Chinonso Okonkwo
30 GK   NGA Lucky Jimoh
31 DF   NGA Solomon Kwambe
33 DF   NGA Agbanyi Vershima
34 MF   NGA Francis Onyirimba Odinaka
37 FW   NGA Terdoo Shimagande

Coaching staff edit

  • Technical Advisor –   Eddy Dombraye
  • Assistant coach –
  • Technical coach –

Former managers edit

Notable players edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Lobi Stars Football Club History". sitesng.com. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  2. ^ "Dominic Iorfa Online : About Lobi Stars". Dominic Iorfa Online. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  3. ^ Omuya, Kevin (2022-03-19). "Lobi Stars players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings". SportsBrief - Sport news. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  4. ^ "Nigeria: Enyimba Break Fa Cup Jinx".
  5. ^ a b Adigun, Taye Hassan. "Lobi Stars". Felele247 Football. Retrieved 2021-05-18.
  6. ^ KickOff. "Heartland FC and Lobi Stars FC reach Federation Cup final". KickOff. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  7. ^ CAF Champions League squad
  8. ^ Strack-Zimmermann, Benjamin. "NFT player — National team & Club appearances: Okoye, Kelechi". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. Archived from the original on 4 October 2023. Retrieved 25 November 2023.

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