By Saheed Ibrahim
Lobi Stars of Makurdi have confirmed the appointment of Coach Gbenga Ogunbote as the club’s head coach ahead of the new Nigeria professional football league season.
The 54-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Markudioutfit.
Ogunbote guided Rangers to a third-place finish at the just-concluded NPFL championship playoffs and also clinched a confederations cup spot for the former league winners, but opted to move on after talks over an extension at the club fell through.
He takes over from interim coach Evan Ogenyi, who led Lobi to a fifth-place finish last season.
During his two-year spent at rangers, Ogunbote won his first ever silverware in two decades as a coach when he guided the Flying Antelopes to their maiden AITEO cup title in 35 years, defeating Kano Pillars 4-2 on penalties after regulation time ended 3-3 in 2018.