Lobi Stars strongly optimistic ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns clash
Vice chairman of Nigerian club Lobi Stars Mike Idoko said that his side is not terrified of by the past glory of their opponents and will be strongly optimistic in their upcoming campaigns.
The Pride of Benue Lobi Stars who are currently first on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) log have become the fifth Nigerian club in ten years to go past the first group of the CAF Champions League.
Going into the next round of the group stage in the Champions League, the Ortom Boys will be tasked with carrying the said heavyweight of a nation that has been long denied the glory in this elite competition and in all continental club competitions.
Mike Idoko spoke exclusively to Football Live and said that it is now a new beginning for the team despite the strong teams they've been drawn up against.
"Our profound gratitude goes to God for bringing us thus this far in the CAF Champions League.
"A new page is about to begin for the team in the CAF Champions League as the draws have been concluded and we know what we are up against.
"We have been able to get over the first set of the hurdles and we are glad that has been settled.
"The technical crew have identified the critical holes to be plugged in the team and that can better our output in this next group stage," Idoko said.
"We are going to do a lot before the kick-off of the group stage including registering four new players.
"We have got the maximum input of the technical crew in place and we are working on ensuring that we get the right acquisitions needed to make the team more formidable and fortified ahead of the big task.
"The seasoned administrator concluded by saying we are not terrified by the past glory of our opponents, rather we are strongly optimistic that we are going to scale through the group stage," he concluded.
Lobi Stars will start their group stage campaign when they play host to South African football club, Mamelodi Sundowns at home.
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