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Obaseki Pumps Bendel Insurance Ahead ASO Chlef Clash: Provides 30 free buses,100 Jerseys For Fans

Updated: Aug 17, 2023

August, 16 2023.

The Governor of Edo State Mr Godwin Obaseki has called on sports loving Edo people to come out in their large number to cheer Bendel Insurance Football Club to victory against ASO Chlef FC of Algeria on Saturday at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin.

The Benin Arsenals and the Algerian opponents ASO Chlef are scheduled to lock horns in the 2023/24 CAF Confederations Cup first preliminary game on Saturday in Benin. Kick off time is 4:00 PM.

The Governor made the call through his Chief Press Secretary Mr Andrew Okungbowa and the Chairman, Edo state Sports Commission Olympian Yusuf Alli during a press conference on Wednesday at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium,Benin City.

The Governor's Press Secretary Andrew Okungbowa disclosed that the state government has made provision for 30 luxurious (ECTS)buses available to convey football fans to the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium to cheer Bendel Insurance FC to victory against ASO Chlef of Algeria in the first round preliminary match of CAF Confederation Cup on Saturday.

According to Okungbowa, the state government is doing everything possible to give Insurance the support needed for them to triumph over their opponents on Saturday.

" To us, this is historic being that our darling team is playing at the continental level after many decades. Our Governor is very interested in the wellbeing of Bendel Insurance FC players and officials. The Governor is aware and appreciative of Bendel Insurance exploits, winning the Nigeria Football Federation cup,hence he has directed all of us to ensure that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that Insurance triumph over their opponents ASO Chlef on Saturday. We want massive support for Bendel Insurance FC and the Governor is starting the motivation of the players by training with them at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium tomorrow." Okungbowa emphasized.

The Managing Director Edo City Transport Services (ECTS), Mrs Hauwa Dupe Ohikhuare who was also present at the conference confirmed the readiness and availability of the 30 buses, she said will be stationed at 10 strategic routes in Benin City, Edo State Capital.

According to ECTS boss, the fans would be picked and returned to their points of entering after the match.

The route include: Ramat Park, Ring Road by ECTS main Terminal at Mission Road; Ugbowo-Uniben Main Gate;Oluku by NIFOR Junction.

Others are Winners Chapel by Sapele Road;ADP and Estate Gate by Airport road, Ojemai Farms by Upper Ekenhuan road, Channel 55 by Upper Siluko Road, Pipeline and Idokpa Aduwawa axis;Total Flling station by New Benin; Gorretti and 3rd East Circular Junction.

The Nigerian representative in this year's CAF Confederation Cup Bendel Insurance host Algerian counterparts ASO Chlef in a tie the Benin Arsenal must win by wide margin on Saturday in order to have less work to do in the reverse fixture in Algeria on August 27.

Addressing sports journalists during the press conference,the Edo Sports Commission Chairman, Olympian Yussuf Alli, urged massive support for Bendel Insurance in the Saturday's first leg encounter scheduled to hold on Saturday,August 19 at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium. Kick off ime is 4:00pm.

He maintained that the encounter is a must win for the home team, hence, the need for the people to come to the stadium enmasse to cheer the team to victory.

"Our first match will be this Saturday. So we need the whole stadium filled up. We want a full capacity and that is why we are putting all these logistics in place.

"We have decided to throw the gates open and we are going to be running jingos on radios about the match. The first 100 people that will get to the stadium will get 100 free Insurance jerseys.

"On the transportation plans,we are providing buses at strategic routes and pick up locations for Edo people so that the stadium can be full,we have 10 of such strategic routes.

"We are not just picking them to the stadium, but we are returning them. At the point of entring, there will be issued free tickets to watch the match".

In 1994, it would be recalled that the club from Benin City, Bendel Insurance Football Club went all the way in the CAF Cup now CAF Confederation Cup, defeating Primeiro Maio of Angola in the 2nd leg of the final match played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium 3-0 after losing the first in Angola 1-0

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