Lobi Stars F.C.

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Lobi Stars
Lobi Stars F.C.
Full name Lobi Stars Football Club
Nickname(s) Ortom boys
Founded 1981
Ground Aper Aku Stadium
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Nigeria Mike Idoko
Manager Nigeria Godwin Uwua
League Nigeria Premier League
2015 14th

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 Premier 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.


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.

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 therefore won the maiden edition of the Nigerian Super League under the managerial acumen of coach Godwin Koko Uwua.Lobi Stars won its first and only FA Cup title in 2003 after beating Sharks Fc of Port Harcourt, 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


  • Nigerian Super Cup: 1

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

2000 – Group Stage
2004 – Second Round
2006 – Second Round
2012 – First Round
2010 – First Round

Current squad[edit]

As of 21 February 2016 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Nigeria GK Terka Melai
2 Nigeria DF Moses Bunde
3 Nigeria DF Felix Osia
4 Nigeria MF Douglas Achiv
5 Nigeria DF Agbaji Anthony
6 Nigeria Dennis Nya
8 Nigeria MF Emmanuel Ajia
9 Nigeria Kingsley Eduwo
5 Nigeria FW Barnabas Imenger Jr.
11 Nigeria Anthony Okpotu
12 Nigeria Gwarza Iorliam
13 Nigeria Ayagwa Raphael
14 Nigeria Alimi Sunday
No. Position Player
15 Nigeria Ezechukwu Henry
16 Nigeria GK John Lawrence
17 Nigeria FW Ukeyima Akombo
18 Nigeria DF Solomon Kwambe
21 Nigeria MF Eneji Otekpa
24 Nigeria MF Sunday Akleche
25 Nigeria Idakwo Eche
26 Nigeria John Aguda
27 Nigeria GK Okiemute Odah
31 Nigeria Shehu Nasiru
34 Nigeria Ezekiel Henry
Nigeria GK Agbor Ekoi

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Technical Advisor – Nigeria Justin Tenger
  • Assistant Coach –
  • Technical Coach –

Former Managers[edit]