Bendel Insurance coach Monday Odigie has commended his players for their performance in the gripping Match Day 13 showdown, where the Benin Arsenals triumphed over Sunshine Stars with a tight 1-0 victory in the NPFL clash.
Benjamin Tanimu’s early 4th-minute goal from a penalty kick set the stage for an intense encounter that thrilled fans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin, Footballrover reports
The match saw Tanimu’s finesse, converting a spot-kick after Sunshine Stars’ defender handled a goal-bound shot within the box.
Despite early setbacks, Insurance FC displayed hunger for redemption following their previous loss to Heartland FC, showing tenacity and resolve throughout the game.
The ‘Owena Waves, undeterred by the initial setback, launched a relentless attack against the host team, but the defensive prowess of goalkeeper Amas Obasogie and a resolute backline held firm.
Players like Benjamin Tanimu, Sunday Anyanwu, Ebuka Akonbudu, Julius Emiloju, and Stephens Sodje remained steadfast in safeguarding the early lead.
This crucial win propels the Benin Gunners to 5th place on the NPFL table, amassing 20 points from 13 matches, indicating their upward trajectory in the league standings despite their sloppy start to the campaign.
Coach Monday Odigie, in a post-match interview, lauded his team’s determination and their resilience, emphasising their ongoing commitment to improvement as the league progresses.
“The team has played three games in seven days, so as a coach, all I can do is be grateful to the boys for being able to carry on, and like I said, it’s a long league; we’ll keep trying to see where we can bring in strength and see where we can correct our mistakes; that’s the way it is,” the coach said.
Meanwhile, Benjamin Tanimu’s standout performance earned him the prestigious Man of the Match award, presented by the sponsor, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council.
Alenkhe’s consistent support as the sponsor of Insurance FC’s Man of the Match award for two seasons serves as a motivational boost for the players, contributing significantly to their continued excellence on the field.
With sights set on their upcoming fixture against Katsina United on Match Day 14, Bendel Insurance FC remains poised to build on this impressive win as they hope to ascend further in the league rankings.