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The veteran utility player will stage a comeback to the Nigerian league, 14 years after he last played in it...

Former Nigeria international midfielder Garba Lawal has signed up with Nigerian Premier League club Lobi Stars as player/coach and could well make his debut against visiting Wikki Tourists on Sunday.

"Yes, I have joined Lobi. I had my first training [session] with the club yesterday [Wednesday]," 35-year-old Lawal confirmed to Goal.com

"It's really a pleasure to play alongside the younger players and try to bring part of my experience to bear on them. I have seen some good, young players, as well as some who have been with the team for some time, like Umar Zongo."

Lawal featured for Lagos club Julius Berger before he moved to Tunisian club Esperance in 1995. He last played competitively two years ago in China.

Last season Lobi barely escaped relegation, but Lawal has insisted that won't be the case with the club this term.

"We are not a team to struggle against relegation," he said.

Lobi chief executive Dominic Iorfa confirmed the signing of the former Roda JC and Esperance star.

"He is here with us. He has trained with the team and will play a test match this week," said Iorfa.

Samm Audu, Goal.com 

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