Benue State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Lobi Stars football Club, Makurdi, Engineer Benson Abounu, on Monday received in his office newly appointed Chief Coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Gbenga Ogunbote and charged him and the club management to go forth and win laurels for the state.
Concise News reports that Engineer Abounu, who said the coach is the fulcrum of any team that determines its success or failure expressed satisfaction with the choice Ogunbote; an experienced goal-getter.
He said in the late Solomon Ogbeide, who took Lobi Stars to CAF champions league, the club had a good coach but lost him to the cold hands of death.
He called on the management team to fully support and cooperate with the new coach to excel and once again, go continental.
The Deputy Governor called for a change in the style of management of the club to engender better understanding and cooperation by all.
He said meetings and consultations are important in management.
The Club chairman enthused that Lobi Stars can repeat and even surpass the feat of last season, where it emerged the league champions and Nigeria sole representative in the CAF Champions league.
He assured Coach Ogunbote of the total support and cooperation of the government in his assignment of taking the club to the summit of Nigeria and African football.
Responding, the former Enugu Rangers coach thanked the club chairman for the warm welcome he has received.
According to him, Lobi Stars is a big club with intimidating records, and that he wants to be part of the team as they break new grounds.
He expressed happiness that issues that tried to weigh down the club have now been settled and promised to give his all to make the club number one in the country.
Earlier, the club vice-chairman, Mike Idoko who presented Coach Ogunbote to the Deputy Governor had briefed him on the steps taken so far to resolve the minor differences among board members and the club management team.
He expressed joy that all the issues have been amicably resolved and that the club is ready to go.