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2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 31: Lafia will be hot but we are battle ready, says Bendel Insurance coach Odigie

Posted : 21 April 2024

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As Bendel Insurance FC prepares to face third-placed Lobi Stars FC in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Match Day 31, Benin Arsenals Coach Monday Odigie has acknowledged the challenging terrain ahead.

Recalling that Bendel Insurance's team for Match Day 31 of the league against Lobi Stars of Markurdi flew into the Federal Capital Territory, FCT en route to Lafia where the match is scheduled to be held on Sunday.

The team consists of 20 men: 20 players and 10 officials, including medical and media personnel.

The Benin Arsenals, who traveled aboard their official airline, Airpeace, for forty-two minutes, have settled down in Lafia, Nasarawa state, to begin their final preparations for the big clash.

Airpeace Flight P47171 took off from Benin Airport at about 1:05 PM and landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 1:47 PM.

Insurance defeated Lobi Stars 1-0 in the first round and are aiming for another good result away from home on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the players and officials of Bendel Insurance FC have expressed their sincere appreciation to the Government and Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for his untiring efforts and commitment to taking the state-owned club to an enviable height.

The secretary of Bendel Insurance, Mr. Charles Ihimekpen, the SSA to the Governor on Sports Development, Mr. Sixtus Omokhagbor, and team captain Amas Obasogie also accompanied the team as they landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja after a smooth flight from Benin.

The SSA reiterated Governor Obaseki's commitment to the welfare and progress of Bendel Insurance as well as sports development in the state.

"The Governor always asks us about Bendel Insurance FC. He even asked us yesterday, 'I hope you people still fly to far distances, especially in the northern part of the country. Ensure their welfare is in fact and given top priority. They need encouragement," he said.

Amas Obasogie, in his reaction, said, "Just imagine if we were made to travel by road to Lafia and other long distances we have embarked on since last year.

"In just 42 minutes, we are in Abuja. We know what some of our counterparts in the North and some other states in the south go through traveling by road for between twelve and twenty hours to honor NPFL matches. Kudos to our government, kudos to our governor for making life easy for us."

According to the secretary, "We are lucky to have Governor Obaseki as our governor at this time. In those days, we were known for night journeys, especially when going to the north.

"We were traveling to the far north, including Maiduguri and Kano, by road, but now the story has changed. All we have to say is thank you to our governor and the government of our dear state, Edo.

Head to head:

Since 2019, Lobi Stars and Bendel Insurance FC have competed in 5 matches, among which Lobi Stars have won 1 and 2 ended in ties.

Bendel Insurance FC - Lobi Stars (02.12.2023) 1:0
Bendel Insurance FC - Lobi Stars (03.06.2023) 0:0
Lobi Stars - Bendel Insurance FC (09.05.2019) 1:0
Lobi Stars - Bendel Insurance FC (08.05.2019) 0:0
Bendel Insurance FC - Lobi Stars (04.02.2019) 1:0


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