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Anthony Agbaji hails Lobi Stars after clinching Caf Champions League ticket

21:59 BST 02/09/2018
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The Pride of Benue will feature in next year’s Caf competition as the Nigerian top flight winners and the skipper has hailed his side’s effort

Anthony Agbaji has praised his teammates after being announced Nigeria Professional Football League's sole flagbearer in next year's Caf Champions League.

An unexpected termination of the 2017/2018 season by the organisers after a meeting between the League Management Company and club representatives with 14 matches left to play on Friday ensured Lobi Stars were crowned champions.

“We’re so proud to emerge champions of the Nigeria Professional Football League this season,” Agbaji told Goal.

“We’ve been celebrating the feat. It’s not easy after all the rigours and against all odds, we’re are champions. I say kudos to my teammates for the determination and hard work.

We’ve started our preparations long before any other team since November last year from Ijebu Ode to a pre-season tournament in Ilorin. I think we really put in a lot of dedication and hard work to be where we are and our emergence was not a fluke.

“We were on top of the league for 14 weeks and It just showed our level of determination and aspiration to win the league title. We trained really hard and had a great understanding within us as well as our management, coaches, and fans. It is a great feeling and happy moments for us all.”

He further applauded the decision of the league organisers for the interest of all, especially the players, while he is setting the objective of clinching the Federation Cup trophy this term.

“It was a very good decision taken by the LMC and the club owners. If you look are the security concerns when our vehicle breaks down travelling at night, the fatigue for the players playing 14 games within six weeks - it would have turned out a big mess

"We’re still training and preparing for the Federation Cup and ready to challenge other big teams like Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Akwa United. We are hoping to win it too and make it a double this season.”