Imade Osarenkhoe Inspires Bendel Insurance to Break 43-Year Trophy Drought

Imade Osarenkhoe Inspires Bendel Insurance to Break 28-Year Trophy Drought

In a historic moment of glory, Bendel Insurance of Benin City emerged triumphant in the 2023 Tingo Federation Cup, ending a staggering 43-year trophy drought.Imade Osarenkhoe Inspires Bendel Insurance to Break 28-Year Trophy Drought

Bendel Insurance Clinch 2023 Tingo Federation Cup with Osarenkhoe’s Penalty Goal

The hero of the moment was none other than seasoned striker Imade Osarenkhoe, whose well-taken penalty in the 45th minute secured the coveted victory.

From the very start of the tournament, the Monday Odigie’s side showcased their prowess, stunning spectators by not conceding a single goal throughout their remarkable campaign.

Their journey culminated in a thrilling Cup final at the prestigious Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

With an exciting atmosphere, both teams took to the field and their eyes set on the illustrious trophy.

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Imade Osarenkhoe’s moment of glory arrived in the half extra time, as he calmly converted a penalty, elevating Bendel Insurance to an unforgettable victory.

The goal arrived shortly after the match referee had shown a red card to a player from Rangers International FC, leaving the opposition with ten men.

The second half unfolded with both teams battling fiercely, but neither side could find the back of the net.

Bendel Insurance’s impenetrable defense, combined with their determination, proved to be the winning formula.

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Rangers International FC, despite their commendable efforts, fell short in the final match of this year’s Federation Cup.

Their defeat did not come as a surprise to their loyal supporters, who had already witnessed internal turmoil within the team leading up to the crucial encounter.

Prior to the match, fans expressed their dissatisfaction, protesting against the club management and Enugu state government for failing to arrange transportation to the final in Asaba, Delta.

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In the face of adversity, Bendel Insurance stood united and triumphed against all odds.

The victory not only marked the end of a nearly three-decade trophy drought but also earned them the ticket to represent the nation in the prestigious CAF Confederations Cup next year.

The entire team, led by the exceptional Imade Osarenkhoe, celebrated their historic achievement, etching their names history book.

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