The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has congratulated Bendel Insurance for winning the 2023 men’s Federation Cup.
Insurance defeated old foes Enugu Rangers 1-0 courtesy of Oasrenkhoe Imade’s strike from the spot in the final in Asaba, Delta State on Wednesday.
In a statement, Obaseki said, “I heartily congratulate Bendel Insurance Football Club for an impressive season run, which culminated in the lifting of the Federation Cup trophy after defeating Rangers in Asaba.
“The team, also known as the Benin Arsenal, have given an excellent account of themselves and made us all proud with their outstanding performance, which has continued to befuddle bookmakers.
“After having an unbeaten run in Group A of the abridged version of the Nigeria Professional Football League, emerging with 18 matches unbeaten, they have proven their mettle by winning the Federation Cup.
“As the team embarks on continental action with their qualification for the CAF Confederation Cup, I charge them to continue on their impressive run so as to place Edo on the continental map.”
Also, Bayelsa Queens, winners of the women’s Federation Cup, were commended by Governor, Douye Diri, who hailed them for successfully defending their title.
Bayelsa edged Rivers Angels 5-4 on penalties after full time ended goalless.
The Governor, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, said the team had consistently made the state proud by winning several laurels.
Diri said, “Bayelsa Queens have made us proud again. They first won the Aiteo/FA Cup in 2021. They have just retained the trophy in Asaba. They participated in the female champions league in Africa and came out third. They also emerged winners in WAFU after coming first in Nigeria.
“We are proud of your achievements. While we celebrate you, you are also promoting yourselves. You are equally making good money for yourselves and for your state.”