Lobi Stars F.C.

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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
ChairmanTama Aondofar Emmanuel
LeagueNigeria Professional Football League
2020–21Nigeria Professional Football League, 8th of 20

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]


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]


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

Coaching staff[edit]

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

Former managers[edit]

Notable players[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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