Lobi Stars of Makurdi vice-president, Mike Idoko has showered praises on Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom for inspiring the team into the group stage of the CAF Champions League with adequate support.
Apart from thanking the governor for mobilising free buses to convey fans to Enugu for Saturday’s second leg clash with USM of Algeria, Idoko stated that Ortom approved enough funds that gave Lobi Stars the best form of preparations for the money-spinning elite clubs’ competition.
Footballlive.ng reports that Idoko is excited that Ortom’s support for the Middle Belt club’s continental cup campaign has seen them become the club with the longest stay in camp by any Nigerian side.
Idoko said the players were adequately motivated ahead of the game, as their salaries were paid in full before the match, in addition to other incentives the governor provided to enable the team to record victory.
He then assured that the team will work harder to as well win their next matches and lift the continental elite clubs’ trophy.
“The Benue State Government must be commended. We have been in camp longer than any other club in Nigeria, courtesy of the government.
“We went and played Gold tournament in Akure, went to Asaba to play champion of champions.
“No Nigerian club prepares the way we have prepared and because we started preparation early, we are getting good results now.”