Lobi Stars have stressed that they might leave for Nairobi the venue of their Sunday’s Caf Champions League first round, first leg tie against Gor Mahia late and return to Nigeria almost immediately to ensure that they do not suffer from the adverse effect of the weather in the east African country.
The Pride of Benue booked their flight in the next round of the competition after they defeated UMS de Loum of Cameroon 2-1 on aggregate and they will be up against the Kenyan cup champions who ousted a team from Malawi, Nyasa Big Bullets 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 aggregate draw.
Chief Executive Officer of the club, Mike Idoko stated that they have made preliminary findings of the city of Nairobi and their opponents ahead of the next Sunday tie and that they are making effort to ensure that they are not disturbed by the high altitude before, during and after the first leg fixture.
“We have heard a lot about Kenya and we are making effort to ensure that we are not affected by the high altitude there. We know that the game will come up in Nairobi and that it will hold at the Moi International Stadium in Kasarani which is a grass pitch,” Idoko told Goal.
“We are doing everything to ensure that we get to the Nairobi as late as possible and then play the game. We also want to leave there for Nigeria almost immediately also. We are doing our best to ensure that our players get the best of preparations for the game.”
Idoko also appealed to Enugu fans to continue to support them to ensure that they are able to finish up what they are starting in Nairobi during the second leg tie a week later as they have adopted the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu as their home turf on the continent pending the time work will be completed on the runway of the Benue’s Military Airport in Makurdi.
“We have taken Enugu’s Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as our home ground on the continent until work is completed on the runway of our airport,” he added.
“We need all the support we can get in Enugu so that it makes us feel the impact of not playing at our real home. We are not only representing Benue State we are representing Nigeria and should be accorded all the support we can muster.”