Amidst turbulence, Lobi Stars will on Sunday engage Katsina United in an NPFL Match Day 13 at The Aper Aku Stadium Makurdi, seeking to keep the promise made by the Vice-Chairman Mr. Mike Idoko to end the strings of bad results, having lost a heart breaking game last Thursday in Gombe to bottom-placed and lowly rated Adamawa United.
The Coach Kabiru Dogo tutored lads after 5 games winless run, stepped up their game against first seeded Kano Pillars and won. As if to say the era of bad results is gone, only to lose a harmless game against Adamawa which prompted vexed reactions from fans.
Katsina United is a good team that can spring surprises anywhere anytime, even though faring worse than Lobi on the log, placed 16th position with 14 points, just a step out of the drop zone can never be underestimated as they will be here to pull a result that will further move them from the drop zone.
Lobi Stars are currently 10th placed on the log with 16 points, looks unusual considering their pedigree over the years in the league, especially under Mike Idoko, will have to come out wholly to put the renewed spirit in to practice and win convincingly as a soothing balm for the aggrieved fans.
The pride of Benue have played a total of 6 games against Katsina United and each of the teams have 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 loses, which goes to show their near strength equality. Their last 5 Games still goes to show that the two teams are neck to neck statistically with each winning 2 games and a draw in between as shown:
Head To Head Record
LOB 1-0 KAT Dec 22, 2019 Nigeria Professional League
KAT 2-0 LOB Mar 31, 2019 Nigerian Professional League
LOB 1-1 KAT Mar 3, 2019 Nigerian Professional League
LOB 1-0 KAT Mar 11, 2018 Nigerian Professional League
KAT 2-1 LOB Jul 9, 2017 Nigerian Professional League
As it stands, the last five games of Lobi Stars vis-a-vis Katsina in the 2020/2021 NPFL put the the visitors in a higher place, having won 2 lose 2 and drew , earnig 8 points best of 15, while Lobi Stars won only 1 drew 2 and lose 2, earning 5 points best of 15.
In the final analysis, The Ortom boys will just have to play their hearts out to end up 3 points richer, as nothing less can be accepted by their teeming fans.