Bendel Insurance, three others promoted to NPFL


Legendary Bendel Insurance FC of Benin-City on Wednesday defeated the Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan to gain promotion back to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in fulfillment of the promise made by Mr Godwin Obaseki, the governor of the state.
The club defeated 3SC of Ibadan otherwise called Oluyole Warriors 1-0 courtesy Charles Omokaro’s 11th minute strike at the just concluded Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 8 in Aba.
Bendel Insurance was relegated to the Nigeria National League (NNL) 10 seasons ago. Teams for the Super 8 are made of four clubs each from the Northern and Southern Conferences.
Clubs in the Northern Conference are Kada City, Kogi United, Real Stars FC and Gombe United FC. For the Southern Conference are Bendel Insurance, Remo Stars, Shooting Stars and Delta Force FC.
The Edo-based team was, however, able to secure three straight wins from the Southern Conference after it defeated Delta Force 3-0 and Remo Stars by 1-0.
The team’s Media Officer, Harrison Iyunmana, told on phone that the team was in celebration mood now as the promotion of the team was so central to the state and its people.
“We thank God for the support of the state government, for its motivation and kudos to the players for believing in themselves.
“The deputy governor, Comrade Phillip Shaibu, had charged the players not to rest on their oars until they return to playing continental competitions. We want to bring back continental football to Edo State,” he said.
Remo Stars have completed the four teams that will participate in the 2018/19 NPFL season after they thrashed Delta Force 2-1. Remo returned to the elite division after a two-year absence.
The other two teams that got promoted include Gombe United and Kada Stars FC of Kaduna.
The four teams will now compete in the NPFL which starts on Sunday, 13thJanuary.(Gong News)

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