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Shocker: New Nigerian league champions, Lobi, yet to maintain home in five years

Photo: The Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi 

By George Aluo
Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom may not know this, and that is the fact that Lobi Stars, which just wiped away the tears of Benue people (using the governor’s words) by emerging NPFL league champions, play at a home, the Aper Aku Stadium, whose turf has has not been maintained in five years.
Impeccable sources close to the club confirmed exclusively to NewsReporters.ng that the Aper Aku Stadium turf which was constructed by the same firm that just re grassed Enyimba Stadium pitch, Monimichelle, has suffered zero maintenance in the last five years.
Our source stated that Lobi Stars may be forced to play outside their Makurdi base next term when they begin their CAF Champions League campaign unless something urgent is done about their turf.
“They have a good pitch at the Aper Aku Stadium but the truth is that the place is not being maintained. This is the bane of our country. Go and find out yourself. But I can authoritatively tell you that the Aper Aku Stadium pitch has not been maintained since it was constructed five years ago. By next year if nothing is done, Lobi will be playing outside Makurdi and we expect them to go far? You can see the difference when Enyimba played at home recently and when they were in Calabar and Port Harcourt. We just have to get our priorities right. Ortom should ensure that the stadium in Makurdi is ready for Lobi to play. It is good he has received the team after their NPFL exploit, but he has to do more than that,” our source said.
Efforts made to reach Lobi’s executive Vice President, Mike Idoko to speak on the state of their home ground proved abortive.
Lobi were last week crowned league champions after Club Owners and the LMC decided to end this year’s league after Matchday 24, no thanks to the crisis that rocked Nigerian football after the Russia 2018 World Cup. Should the league had continued, Nigeria would not have met CAF’s deadline of October 15 for the submission of her CAF Champions League representative for next year.

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