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The Makurdi team have asserted that they have learned from their huge loss in Bauchi and have stepped up preparations to hit back with a win over Bayelsa United on Sunday

Lobi Stars still believe that they have the wherewithal to compete in the Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) this season despite going down 0-4 to Wikki Tourists in Bauchi last Wednesday.

The Makurdi side were unsettled by the rampant display of their opponents and the club paid the price for their shoddy recruitment during the mid season transfer at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium (ATBS) in Bauchi.

Revealing how Lobi hope to stage a big comeback to the league this weekend at home to Bayelsa United, club spokesman Jack Moses Ekwe Ekwe told Goal that he remains very optimistic that the 2012 Federation Cup finalists would turn the corner very soon.

He stated that the team is only temporarily down but not out in their quest to return to their glorious past and everything that transpired in Bauchi is already confined to the history books but that Lobi would make a quick response with their next home game against Bayelsa United.

"We lost a battle but not the war that goes through 18 marathon matches. We deliberately don't want to offer excuses for our defeat because are going through transformation and restructuring. Expectedly, there must be mixed fortunes en route a glorious ending at the close of shop,"Ekwe Ekwe Stated.

He was also magnanimous in defeat when he stressed philosophically thus:" In line with FIFA's slogan of fair play, one can either win, draw or lose but we must give kudos to Wikki for their victory. Bauchi remains our home but the owners of the land (Wikki Tourists) exploited their indepth knowledge of the stadium to win with such big margin."

Lobi won 1-0 when the first leg was played in Katsina Ala mid last month.