NPFL: Gbenga Ogunbote Pens One-Year Deal With Lobi Stars
Lobi Stars of Makurdi have announced former Rangers International head coach Gbenga Ogunbote as the new head coach ahead of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season, BSNSportscom.ng reports.
The 54-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Markudi outfit.
Ogunbote guided Rangers to a third-place finish at the just-concluded NPFL Championship playoffs and also clinched a Confederations Cup spot for the former league winners, but opted to move on after talks over an extension at the club fell through.
He takes over from interim coach Evan Ogenyi, who acted on interim basis following the demise of late Solomon Ogbeide guided Lobi to a fifth-place finish last season.
During his two-year spell at Rangers, Ogunbote won his first ever silverware in two decades as a coach when he guided the Flying Antelopes to their maiden Aiteo Cup title in 35 years, defeating Kano Pillars 4-2 on penalties after regulation time ended 3-3 in 2018.
Ogunbote had coached several clubs like Sunshine Stars, Shooting Stars, Enyimba and Giwa FC.