We made tireless efforts against Katsina, says Monday Osagie

Posted : 18 December 2023

Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin suffered a 1-0 defeat to Katsina Utd in the first fixture of Match Day 14 in the Nigeria Premier Football League on Saturday, marking their second defeat in the North this season.

The team's coach, Monday Osagie, mentioned that they labored tirelessly to win the match, but things did not go according to plan. He said, "We fought tirelessly to win the match, but things did not go as planned."

In a similar circumstance, Benin Arsenals previously surrendered all three points to Gombe Utd with a 1-0 loss in the Match Day 4 encounter at Pantami Stadium, Gombe.

In the 75th minute at Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina, Chidera Eze converted a spot kick, giving the Chanji Boys the maximum points after a penalty was awarded against Ebuka Akonbudu.

The Insurance right back, Ebuka Akonbudu, had successfully cleared the ball from the control of Katsina Utd's striker in the challenge but was surprised to be penalized when the referee pointed to the spot.

Despite an interesting and action-packed game, the Benin Arsenals gave a good account of themselves against the muscular Chanji Boys.

Coach Monday Odigie made double substitutions in the 80th minute, bringing on Raymond Ikhenoba and Christopher Junior for impressive Chisom Okereke and Paul Obata, but that could not change the result.

With this result, Benin Arsenals remain on 20 points, returning to Benin to prepare for the Match Day 15 tie against Abia Warriors FC.

It's worth noting that the Match Day 15 fixtures have been readjusted by the league management body. The Insurance FC vs. Abia Warriors game, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 23, has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 21, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, with a kick-off time of 4 p.m.



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