Lobi Stars aim to bounce back from a recent defeat when they host NPFL table-toppers, Rangers International in Lafia Township Stadium on Friday, following their loss on matchday 5 in Port Harcourt against Rivers United
This encounter has generated significant buzz across the nation, as two NPFL giants with rich domestic and African football histories prepare to go head-to-head.
Head Coach Eugene Agagbe and his Makurdi squad face the intimidating task of taking on Fidelis Illechukwu’s side, who have netted ten goals, conceded six, and claimed ten points to secure their position at the top of the league table.
Lobi Stars, also known as the “Yes Father Boys,” currently sit in sixth place on the league table with eight points, having scored seven goals and conceded five.
The defensive unit of Moses Tsehuan and his teammates will play a crucial role in thwarting the attacking skills of Rangers, led by the trio of Godwin Obaje, Nwaodu Chukwudi, and Kazeem Ogunleye, who have combined to score six goals for the Flying Antelope.
In their quest for victory, Lobi Stars will rely on their attacking forces, which include Samuel Tiza, Adebayo Waheed, and Danbani Alao, to find the back of the net and secure a favourable outcome for the “Shoe Gets Size” boys.
Early team news from the Makurdi-based side indicates a clean bill of health with no reported injuries ahead of this crucial clash.
Coach Fidelis Illechukwu and his boys will approach this contest with caution, acknowledging Lobi Stars’ strong start to the campaign.
In last season’s meetings between these two sides, Lobi Stars emerged victorious, securing four points in total, claiming three points in Jos and a point at Awka Township Stadium in Anambra State.