The Makurdi side have resolved to beat ABS in order to return to winning ways after their agonising loss in Uyo against Akwa United
Lobi Stars' Anthony Okpotu and Moses Orkuma have vowed to wreck their Federation Cup Round of 16 opponents, ABS when both clash at the Bako Kotangora Stadium, Minna this evening.
Lobi beat Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM) 2-0 while ABS outclassed Bayelsa United in the Round of 32 played last week in Nnewi and Benin respectively.
Speaking with Goal ahead of the tie, Okpotu said that Minna has always been a lucky home and venue for Lobi Stars hence his firm conviction that his side would emerge victorious.
The Super Eagles invitee added that having missed grabbing at least a point by the whiskers in Uyo, the match against ABS would afford them the opportunity to make amends and also return to winning ways.
"We were very close to beating Akwa United last Sunday but they ended up beating us because of their fighting spirit. I am, however, happy that we are going into this match with the ideal momentum to beat ABS and get a deserved consolation for our defeat in Uyo,” Okpotu said.
"It is always nice visiting Minna because it has always been a very lucky venue and with passionate fans who always come out to support us," the player who just signed for Al Ittihad of Libya told Goal.
In the same vein, former U20 international Moses Orkuma has also backed Lobi to triumph over ABS in the Wednesday evening Federation Cup tie in Minna.
In a brief chat, Orkuma explained that they have put the defeat got in Uyo against Akwa United behind them as they seek a new dawn with a win against ABS.
“Federation Cup is a leveller and a different ball game from the league. Federation Cup is a sprint while the league is a marathon race. Our focus for now is ABS. We are condemned to beat them for us to progress to the next round,” Oruma said.
"ABS deserve our respect, but we have no other option but to decision ABS with whatever margin of score line to gain a berth in the round of eight."
Lobi are seeking a second title to add up to the one they had in 2003 when they beat Sharks 2-0 in the final. The club had also lost in the final twice to Enyimba and Heartland in 2005 and 2012 respectively.