May 18, 2024

NPFL24: Insurance FC In Aba For Big Clash With Enyimba FC 

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By Sedara Philip

 

Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin will be locking horns with Enyimba FC of Aba in the rescheduled Match Day 1 fixture of the Nigeria Premier Football League ( NPFL) tomorrow (Wednesday) in Aba.

 

The match day one fixture was earlier postponed due to Insurance FC intercontinental engagement in Morocco with RS Berkane in the 2023/24 CAF Confederation Cup second round preliminary game.

 

The Benin Arsenals, coming from a 2-2 home draw with Kwara Utd, arrived in the Eastern commercial city of Aba on Sunday night, beating the Monday sit-at-home trap to settle down after the hard fought draw on Saturday.

 

Insurance has recorded three straight draws from their last three fixtures, two in the north against Doma Utd (0-0)and Niger Tornadoes (0-0) before the Match Day nine 2-2 draw with Kwara Utd in Benin. With the return of their number one goalkeeper Amas Obasogie from the national team,the Super Eagles who were on duty for the country in the 2026 world cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe last week, Insurance FC who are no doubt, hungry for victory are better prepared for the People’s Elephants.

 

The clashes between the two football giants have always been difficult and fierced. They both met thrice last season with the Benin Arsenals having better results. Insurance defeated the People’s Elephants 1-0 in Benin in the first leg and pulled a 1-1 draw in Aba in the revised fixture and later got another 0-0 draw result at the Super Six in Lagos.

 

The NPFL defending champions have not found Insurance FC easy to beat home or away in the recent past. In 2019 when Insurance gained promotion to the topflight division after eleven years in the second division,both sides met twice in the abridged league and the two encounters ended in barren draws.

 

The Coach Monday Odigie led Insurance will be filing out against Enyimba FC tomorrow with all their Arsenals, hoping to get good results, according to their defense strong man Benjamin Tanimu. He said that though they have big respect for the former two-time CAF champions and league defending champions but are ready for the big battle, adding that Insurance first away win is possible in Aba.

 

The Benin Arsenals currently occupy 6th position on the table with 13 points and a win in Aba could take them to the second position.

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