NPFL champions Lobi Stars manager Solomon Ogbeide says his side have everything in place to excel in the Caf Champions League this season.
The Pride of Benue are the Nigerian side in the competition this season after CAF reduced the country’s slot from two.
However, Ogbeide believes his team is ready to take up the challenge and give the country a good representation in the CAF elite football club competition.
“Our plan is to give Nigeria good representation this year and we are going to give it our best shot,” he told CAF Website.
“We are not worried because we have all it take s to do well on the continent. We have the personnel in terms of players, sound administrators and we have the support of government and people of Benue State; but above all, we have God which is our major weapon.”
Lobi will take on Kenya’s Gor Mahia in the next preliminary round after they see off Cameroon’s UMS de Loum 2-1 on aggregate.
A win over the two legs will see Lobi Stars make it into the money-spinning group stage of the competition, a challenge Ogbeide said his boy are fully aware of.
“The draw had already been made and whether they come here first or vice versa is immaterial. It makes no difference to us playing the first leg away to Gor Mahia,” he continued.
“We just have to keep our focus. In our last game, we played UMS De Loum at a very short notice away from our base in Makurdi and we still won 2-0 in Enugu. So irrespective of where we play, we want to prepare well and get our job done.
“I’m not a pessimist and I believe with what is at our disposal in terms of personnel and support, we can give our country a good representation. It’s only when you tried by giving your level best that you can be a winner.
“We are ready to put in more than our best in order to surmount the challenges and we are prepared to face these challenges,” he concluded.