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Benue’s Ortom (Photo: Terver Akase/Facebook)

Ahead of the start of the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has intervened in the management crisis that hampered the progress of Lobi Stars throughout last term, Concise News reports.

Although Lobi were declared champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in 2018 and nominated by the League Management Company (LMC) to represent the country in the CAF Champions League after the season was brought to an abrupt end by the league organisers, the club’s campaigns in the continent and the domestic league have been blighted by crisis.

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The vice-chairman who is the de facto chairman of the club, Mike Idoko was allegedly running a ‘one man show’ as other members of the management committee accused him of undermining their appointments by the state government.

However, this online news medium has gathered that to avoid further crisis and also reposition the club, Governor Ortom recently convened a meeting of the management committee where every member was given the opportunity to air his/her grievances.

After listening to the aggrieved parties, the governor stated the need for clearly-defined roles to be assigned to club officials. This, according to Daily Trust.

He, therefore, set up a committee made up of prominent sports stakeholders in the state to draw up an organogram for the smooth running of the club.

The Lobi Stars restructuring committee was handed two weeks to report back to the governor for further action before the commencement of the 2019/2020 NPFL season.

The Team Manager of Lobi Stars, Barnabas Imenger said it was a fruitful discussion which proved clearly that Governor Ortom is indeed commitment to Lobi Stars football club.

Also, he thanked the governor for creating time out of his tight schedule to hold the peace meeting with the management of the club.

“We had series of issues which were threatening peace in the club but with the intervention of His Excellency, Governor Samuel Ortom, there is better understanding among us.

“Very soon, we shall submit the new structure for the club as demanded by His Excellency. Once everyone is allowed to play his or her role, I believe there will be lasting peace and progress in the club,” Daily Trust quotes Imenger as saying.