Evans Ogenyi replaces Dominic Iorfa as Lobi Stars coach

The experienced tactician has returned to the club he coached twice previously in place of the former Super Eagles' striker

Evans Ogenyi has begun his reign in a third stint with Lobi Stars as chief coach with immediate effect in place of former technical director Dominic Iorfa, Goal has been told.

Ogenyi, an experienced tactician, has replaced Iorfa who will now concentrate on boardroom cum administrative decisions in the club.

Ogenyi was with Lobi in 2007 and 2010 before leaving the Makurdi side for Enyimba from where he made another dash to Jigawa Golden Stars last season.

The Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the club, Dominic Mtem Iorfa who revealed the major shakeup in the technical crew said he would be restricting his role to administration while Ogenyi is now in charge of the coaching duties at the club.

"I am pleased to inform you that Lobi Stars have signed Evans Ogenyi as Chief Coach and it is with immediate effect. He is to take full charge of the technical crew while I will fully concentrate more on administrative duties for effectiveness,” said Iorfa.

"I don't want anything to hinder the progress of the club. I feel I have not been around fully due to my recent trips outside the country. I don't want to breed unnecessary tension around the players. So I shall reduce my role to administrative while still hope to offer useful tips anytime I deem it fit.

"Ogenyi takes over the technical crew as chief coach with immediate effect and I believe with his wealth of experience, Lobi will bounce back in style this league season," he disclosed.

Ogenyi guided Ocean Boys to the FA Cup victory in 2008 and he was chief coach and second in command to then Enyimba's gaffer Okey Emordi with whom they led the Aba Millionaires to the semi finals of the CAF Champions League in 2011. The club only lost a match throughout that season's competition, the loss being the first leg of the semi final tie to Wydad Athletic of Morocco.

The Benue-born coach has also worked with Nasarawa United and Jigawa Golden Stars.

His first task would be to make an immediate impact that would ensure the club is better placed on the log than its present 18th position with 26 points from 21 games.

Iorfa who just left his coaching post will however be fondly remembered for leading Lobi to the third position in the league and also to the final of the Federation Cup last season.