Lobi Stars release five players

The Makurdi side have told five of the players training with them to seek pastures elsewhere after their inability to measure up to expected standards

Lobi Stars have decamped five players out of those currently training with the team and have added additional two which they spotted from their tour of Jos last week.

The Makurdi Bombers played two games against Plateau United and Mighty Jets on Saturday and Sunday last week and they lost one (1-3) and won the other (1-0) in that order in ties they played at the Rwang Pam Stadium.

Lobi's head coach, Evans Ogenyi said that they had to allow those that failed to measure up to go after over two weeks of rigorous training exercises to give room for those that would fit into the tactics of the team with barely a month to the commencement of the 2013/14 league season.

Ogenyi noted that he was happy that they were able to fish out two new players they hope to see how good they are during training sessions as they wind up their preparation for the start of the premier league season.

He also said that the club have perfected steps to sign quality experienced players so ward off what happened to the team last season in which they struggled due to inexperienced squad at some stages of the season before surviving the drop. Lobi eventually ended the season in 14th spot with 52 points from 38 matches just two points away from the relegation zone.

The club got to the semi final of the 2013 Federation Cup before their loss to Enyimba at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City. They had played in the final a year earlier but were stopped by a stoppage time goal by Heartland of Owerri.