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Wed, Aug 30, 2023 7:00 AM

Benue State FA Refuses to Dabble in Lobi Stars Leadership Crisis

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Benue State FA Refuses to Dabble in Lobi Stars Leadership Crisis
The Benue State Football Association (BAFA) has decided to stay out of the leadership crisis surrounding Lobi Stars, the state-owned NPFL club. The association has clarified that its focus is solely on the development of football in the state and it will not interfere in the internal affairs of any club. BAFA Chairman, Barrister Paul Edeh, has called for patience and restraint from all stakeholders, assuring that a decision regarding Lobi Stars will be made by the current administration at the appropriate time.

The Benue State Football Association (BAFA) has made it clear that it will not involve itself in the leadership crisis affecting Lobi Stars, a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) club owned by the state. The association firmly stated that its core commitment is the development of football in the state and that it will not meddle in the day-to-day affairs of any club.

Barrister Paul Edeh, the Chairman of BAFA, released a statement urging all stakeholders to exercise patience and tolerance while assuring them that the current administration, spearheaded by Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, will eventually make a decision regarding the situation at hand.

Edeh addressed the recent calls from certain stakeholders for a fresh management to be installed for Lobi Stars, stating, "I have been fascinated by the arguments arising from the stakeholders' meeting with His Excellency, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, regarding Lobi Stars. I have also received numerous calls and messages seeking to know the position of the Benue State Football Association (BSFA) on the issue."

The Chairman went on to clarify the BSFA's stance, explaining, "The matter at hand is the internal affairs of Lobi Stars FC, which is an affiliate of the BSFA, just like every other club in the state. Under my leadership, the BSFA will not interfere in the internal affairs of any of its affiliates, including Lobi Stars, especially when our opinion is not sought."

Edeh emphasized, however, that the BSFA is ready to provide guidance and advice when called upon to do so, as it is responsible for administering football in the state.

The ongoing leadership crisis within Lobi Stars has stirred controversy and sparked various opinions among fans and stakeholders. However, the BAFA has made it clear that it will remain impartial in this matter.

While the desire for swift resolutions is understandable, it is vital for stakeholders to exercise patience and allow the current administration to deliberate and make informed decisions. This measured approach ensures the interests of all parties involved are taken into account.

As fans and supporters, it is crucial to place trust in the leadership of the BAFA and Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, who will undoubtedly prioritize the best interests of Lobi Stars and Nigerian football as a whole. The process may take time, but it is essential to reach a fair and just outcome.

The underlying message from the BAFA is clear: their primary goal is the development of football in Benue State, and they will not allow themselves to be swayed by external pressures or interfered in the internal affairs of any club.

All stakeholders are urged to respect the BAFA's stance, exercise restraint, and allow the relevant authorities to address the leadership crisis surrounding Lobi Stars in due course.

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