Yobe Desert Stars F.C.

Yobe Desert Stars Football Club is a Nigerian football (soccer) club based in the city of Damaturu. Starting in 2018 they will play in the Nigerian Premier League after consecutive promotions.[2]

Yobe Desert Stars
Full nameYobe Desert Stars Football Club
Founded1991[1]
GroundPotiskum Stadium, Damaturu
Capacity2,000
OwnerYobe State Government
LeagueNigerian Premier League
2017 Nigeria National League2nd (Promoted)

History

They started as an Amateur club and eventually were promoted to the Second Division in 2000. After winning promotion to the top level in 2001, they spent just one season in the NPL before being relegated with just 11 wins in 34 games. They also made it to the final of the 2002 Nigerian FA Cup where they lost 3–0 to Julius Berger FC. They were relegated to the Amateur League in 2007.

2017 season

After being promoted from the Nigeria Nationwide League in 2016, the Desert Stars won promotion to the NPFL on the last day of the National League season when they beat Adamawa United 2–0, returning to the top-flight for the first time in 15 years. They finished the season with twelve wins, four draws and seven losses.[3]

Current squad

As of January 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Ahmed Yusuf
30 GK Itodo Akor
2 Moses Yanmar
7 Shagari Muhammad
8 Agwaza Daniel
9 Edward Okhoya
11 Ali Aliyu
12 Philip Asuquo
13 Bagayan Ismael
14 Philip Auta
17 Buhari Musa
19 Manika Usman
No. Position Player
23 Matthew Oshoke
24 Moses Tsehuan
25 Mustapha Musa
33 Mukaila Musa
34 Nnaemeka Anyanwu
35 Bashir Azado
40 Mamman Sani
Chinedu Ohanacham
Echendu Osita
Lazarus Chukwu
Zayyad Musa
Paul Alfred

Coach: Mohammed Baba Ganaru

References

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