Executive Member, Edo State Sports Commission, Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya; Executive Chairman, Edo State Sports Commission, Mr. Yusuf Ali; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Edo City Transports Service, Mrs. Hauwa Dupe Ohikhuai, and Chief Press Secretary to Edo State Governor, Mr. Andrew Okungbowa, during a press conference, ahead of Bendel Insurance Saturday, September 16 CAF Confederation Cup qualifier against the Renaissance Sportive de Berkane (RSB) of Morocco, at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, on Friday, September 15, 2023.

Obaseki Preps Edo’s Bendel Insurance For RS Berkane Clash On Saturday

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In a spirited move aimed at galvanizing the passionate football community in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has orchestrated a massive show of support for Bendel Insurance Football Club as they prepare for their continental face-off against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane (RSB) of Morocco.

The encounter is set to electrify the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Saturday, September 16, at 4 p.m.

Addressing the ardent fans and supporters of Bendel Insurance, Governor Obaseki’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Andrew Okungbowa, conveyed the governor’s gratitude for the overwhelming backing the club received in their previous battle against Aso Chlef FC of Algeria.

He stated, “We are equally calling on Edo people to come out en masse and support their darling team against their Moroccan counterpart. Edo State through Bendel Insurance is on the verge of making history.”

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With a fervent determination to rewrite the annals of football history, Okungbowa continued, “For over three decades ago, we didn’t compete at this level on the continent. Now we have the opportunity to prove ourselves. We were victorious in the first preliminary round. We are at the second stage. We need your support to go far. We are appealing to everyone to be at the stadium to massively support the team.”

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Governor Obaseki’s administration has left no stone unturned to ensure Bendel Insurance Football Club’s success. Free buses, facilitated by the Edo City Transport Services (ECTS), will be available at 14 different pick-up points to ferry fans to and from the match venue.

Furthermore, entry to the stadium is entirely free, a bold move to encourage fans to fill the 12,000-capacity stadium to its brim.

The Executive Chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Mr. Yusuf Ali, shared the exciting news, revealing that 15,000 tickets have been produced for the game, surpassing the stadium’s capacity to accommodate the ardent supporters.

“We would still maintain the 30 buses shuttle and 14 pick-up points where the buses will carry fans to and from the stadium at the end of the game,” Ali declared.

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The Managing Director/CEO of ECTS, Mrs. Hauwa Dupe Ohikhuai, provided additional details about the free bus service, stating, “The route for the free bus service includes Ugbowo axis, Airport Road, Sokponba Road, Ikpoba-Hill, Eyean-Aduwawa axis, King Square axis, Ogida Siluko Road, New Benin, Sapele Road, and Ekenwan Road.”

With the whole of Edo State rallying behind them, Bendel Insurance Football Club stands on the precipice of history, ready to etch their name among the continent’s footballing elite.


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