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CAFCL: Lobi Stars FC Off To Cameroon In Badges

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Lobi Stars of Makurdi flew out of Nigeria in batches at the weekend, as the Middle Belt club makes early moves to keep a date with UMS de Loum of Cameroon in the CAF Champions League preliminaries on Tuesday.

With flight connections between Nigeria and Cameroon known to be problematic over the years, our correspondent gathered that the Lobi Stars management deemed it fit to start their travel plans early.

However, it was still a tale of hic-cups and hitches, as the team had to depart in two batches for the preliminary round clash.

Lobi Stars FC who became champions of the NPFL league after the LMC declared them champions on Match day 24 due to the inability of the league management company to beat the CAF deadline of submitting CAF representatives are in thier second CAF Champions League tournament after qualifying for the first one in 2000.

The team left their training base in Ijebu-Ode, Oghun State early Sunday, with the first batch of players and officials flying out of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos at 4.30pm aboard Asky Airline.
The second batch was billed to leave on Monday aboard via Ethiopian Airlines, as they aim to beat all hitches and get a decent result against UMS on Tuesday, ahead of the return leg in a week later at Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi

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