Lobi Stars head coach, Solomon Ogbeide, is confident his team can go all the way in the CAF Champions League this season.
The Nigeria Pro-League champions are participating in the continental competition for the second time, having made their debut back in 2000.
Lobi will face Gor Mahia of Kenya in the first leg of their First Round fixture at the Kasarani International Stadium, Nairobi on Sunday.
After the second leg in Nigeria, the overall winner of the tie will proceed to the group stage of the CAF Champions League.
Speaking to CAFonline.com, Ogbeide said his Makurdi team have what it takes to compete against the best teams in Africa.
“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 good representation,” he said.
“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 added: “Our plan is to give Nigeria good representation this year and we are going to give it our best shot. We are not worried because we have all it takes 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.”
The only Nigerian team that have won the CAF Champions League is Aba club, Enyimba. The Peoples Elephants won the title in 2003 and 2004.
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