Lobi Stars' Garba Lawal Admits First Match In Two Years Took Toll On Him

The former Nigeria international said it was tough going on his return to the local league over two years after his last competitive game...

Ex-Nigeria international, Garba Lawal, has admitted that it was punishing on his 35-year-old body in his comeback game for premier league side Lobi Stars at the weekend, over two years since his last competitive match.  

"I have kept in shape by training in the last two-and-a-half years since I returned from China. But it's not the same thing as been involved on a regular basis in competitive matches. It was therefore not easy for me but I'm delighted I came through the full 90 minutes," Lawal told Goal.com

The former player of Dutch club Roda JC skippered Lobi to beat Wikki Tourist of Bauchi 1-0 at the Aper Aku Stadium in Makurdi to give them their first victory of the new season.

The club have thus far recorded four points from two matches after holding Enyimba to a 0-0 draw in Aba on the opening day of the campaign.

"I think the 1-0 result was flattering to Wikki because they hardly created any chances, while in the first half alone we had over five chances and had we converted most of them, we would have won by at least 4-0," said the player, who has also played in Tunisia and Greece.

Lawal is known as a utility player, who has been played at left full-back, defensive midfield and even as a left winger by the national team, but he has now settled as an attacking midfielder at Lobi.

"I still feel I have something left in me and that is why I'm still playing upfront, while also being ready to do my own defensive duties where necessary," Lawal disclosed.

"I also have to be a lot clever with my runs and this can only come from my many years of experience."

Samm Audu, Goal.com