Fans of Bendel Insurance Football Club have hailed Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, for initiating reforms which spurred the club’s resurgence and eventual return to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), after 11 years.
Bendel Insurance gained promotion to the elite league after an excellent outing with three wins at the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 8 Playoffs, which held in Aba.
A cross-section of fans of the club, who spoke with journalists, hailed Governor Obaseki’s clear vision for the club which brought about the impressive outings during the NNL season as well as during the playoffs.
Mr. Ovbiosa Charles, said the club’s promotion came as remarkable as it is emotional for anyone who knew the club in its heydays, noting “I sincerely thank the Edo State Government for responding speedily to the cries of our people for the return of Bendel Insurance to the NPFL.”
“This promotion has been long overdue. Bendel Insurance is one of the first set of clubs to play in the Nigerian topflight division in the 1970s. So, I was wondering where we got it all wrong that the club had to be in relegation for 11 years. For spearheading the campaign that returned the team to the professional league, Governor Obaseki and his team have done us proud,” Ovbiosa added.
Another fan, Mr. Barnabas Efosa, hailed Governor Obaseki for his role in returning the club to its past glory, noting that the impressive performance of the team after its rebranding by the governor, showed that the state government really does have good plans for sports development in the state.
He said it would be delightful to watch the team take on opponents in the topflight division at the home ground in Benin City.
“As we await the completion of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, I can’t wait to see Bendel Insurance play on home ground. For allowing the deputy governor to spearhead the rebranding of the team, Governor Obaseki has proven to us that he is a leader who is interested in things that will benefit the people.”
Peter Odion, a sports analysist said the return of Bendel Insurance to the professional football league will put Edo State back on the spotlight in sports and boost the state’s economy, as it will attract more investors, sponsors and development.
South-West Governors Vow To Stamp Out Kidnapping, Banditry
Amid frightening insecurity challenges rocking the country and zone, South West governors on Tuesday converged on Ibadan, Oyo State to...
Tertiary Institutions Failed To Use 380,477 Admission Quota In 2018 – JAMB
About three hundred and eighty thousand, Four Hundred and Seventy-Seven admission quota were not utilised in the 2018 tertiary education...
Court Orders Ekiti Monarch To Vacate Stool Years After Installation
The Owa of Odo Ayedun, Oba Ilesanmi Ajibade has been ordered by the Court of Appeal sitting in Ado Ekiti...
Nigeria Loses About N455bn Of GDP To Poor Sanitation Annually – Survey
Nigeria is losing a whopping sum of N455 billion out of N143,213,450,337.56 trillion ($397,270,000), representing 1.3 per cent of its...
Group Tasks Niger Delta Ex-Militants On Peace
The President of Foundation for Peace and Non-Violence in Nigeria, Comrade, Onengiya Erekosima has called on Niger Delta ex-militants to...
New UN Envoy Seeks Lasting Peace In Somalia
Newly appointed Special Representative of UN Secretary-General for Somalia, James Swan, on has vowed to seek lasting peace and prosperity in...
Next Lagos PDP Chairman Must Emerge Constitutionally – Adewale
Factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP,) in Lagos State, Otunba Segun Adewale, has called on the National leadership...
ENTERTAINMENT3 hours ago
‘Don’t Link Me With Helicopter Incidents At Ore’, Says Julian Osula
COVER STORIES16 hours ago
CBN Kicks Off PMB’s 100m Jobs Project
NEWS4 hours ago
10 Killed In Wukari High Way Road Blocks
COVER STORIES16 hours ago
Zamfara: Ex-Gov Yari Leaves N251bn Debt
NEWS23 hours ago
Gov Fintiri Declares Free Education in Public Schools in Adamawa
WORLD7 hours ago
‘Mental Retardation’: Iran’s President Mocks Donald Trump
NEWS16 hours ago
Gov Fintiri Sacks LG Staff Employed From April 2016 To Date
FEATURES18 hours ago
Obaseki, Oshiomhole’s Rift Ignites Realignment In Edo