Lobi Stars’ Barnabas Imenger has stated that Lobi Stars are fired up to beat UMS de Loum of Cameroon in the first leg of the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League slated for Wednesday in Yaounde.
The Pride of Benue are seeking a return to the group stage of the competition they last played in the year 2000 after they won the league title a year earlier and Imenger averred that the players are confident that they are going to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians at the end of the 90 minutes.
He confirmed that they trained at the match venue between 1 and 3 pm and that they were satisfied with the facilities on display by their hosts.
The former Super Eagles midfielder pointed out that they also had the pre-match meeting on Tuesday evening where they were told the rudiments of the game and what to expect and what not to before, during and after the first leg fixture.
“We have had the best of preparations and we can’t afford to fail Nigerians at this time. Lobi Stars are not new to playing on the continent and we are determined to start this season’s game with a good result,” Imenger told Goal.
“We have the best crop of players and the wherewithal to hurt any team including UMS. We have trained very hard and are expecting a good outcome in the first leg game. We have trained at the stadium billed for the game and the pre-match meeting is slated for later in the day.”
Lobi Stars' last outing in Africa was in 2013 when they took part in the Caf Confederation Cup where they were beaten by Mozambican side, Liga Muculmana 8-4 on aggregate. Liga won the second leg tie 7-1 in Maputo.