Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has reiterated his commitment and support to Bendel Insurance Football Club.
Obaseki while reacting to the club’s 1-1 draw with Warri Wolves FC on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City on match day 9, promised to provide the club with incentives which would boost the club’s general performance who currently play in Nigeria’s National League, a second tier football competition.
The Governor said after the match “I know Bendel Insurance FC is not in its top form currently, but they can do it. In terms of technical ability and players, they can fight for the top spot and challenge all the other big teams. Even some of the best teams in Europe have slumps mid-season and so I thank God that ours came early and we are not losing; we are drawing,” Obaseki said.
The Governor who is concerned about helping the club return to its glory days gave the team a winning bonus of one million naira for defeating Papilo FC of Owerri on March 25 in Benin City.
The Roland Ewere led side had also held table-leaders, Bayelsa United to a 1-1 draw on match day 8 in Bayelsa.
Obaseki also said “After watching them play, I cannot deny that they have the ability to qualify for the big leagues at the end of this season. I saw their attack and their defence and the way they play in close formation. I am ready to support the team, but the team also has to improve and play with more discipline. They need to own the midfield and control possession. The state government is convinced the team can be the best in Nigeria and Africa, and we will support them accordingly”.