By Patrick Omorodion.
Simply when every Edo boy and child and their good friends were commemorating the grand return of Bendel Insurance coverage Football Club, much better understood now as Insurance coverage Football Club of Benin, a news product that might distress the whole material of Edo state filtered in from Aba.
I saw it as a troubling news product and instantly signaled a group of Edo kids who are set on supporting the federal government, particularly the Edo State Sports Commission headed by among their own, Lawyer Godwin Dudu-Orumen, in its drive to return Edo state to the fore front of sports in the nation.
I collected that in the bliss of commemorating the task of Insurance coverage FC which completed the NNL Super 8 group matches with optimum 9 points without yielding an objective, the Deputy Guv, Pal Phillip Shaibu revealed that the Samuel Ogbemudia arena in Benin would be relabelled Bendel Insurance coverage Arena.
This, he stated, was to make Insurance coverage FC genuinely an expert club which has its own arena,” in line with the outstanding condition of Enyimba Arena, Aba, where the NNL Super 8 occurred, which highlighted Enyimba as a genuinely expert football club.”.
Initially, Pal Shaibu need to have understood that the Enyimba Arena is a completely football arena for Enyimba Football Club while Samuel Ogbemudia Arena, which was previously called Ogbe Arena is not a football arena however a multi-sports center.
That not enduring, the instant previous guv of Edo state, Pal Adams Oshiomhole relabelled it after Dr Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, to honour a guy who did so much for Midwest state which was later on relabelled Bendel State in all sectors and the majority of particularly sports. This was even when the male was still alive.
It is on record that Vipers Football Club of Benin which metamorphosed into Bendel Insurance coverage was established by the very same Samuel Ogbemudia. It will be paradoxical for the very same arena Ogbemudia rebuilt with which Bendel and later on Edo state ended up being a family name in sports in the nation will lose his name utilized by the very same Edo state federal government to eternalize him.
I think the choice to relabel the arena is still a rumour. And prior to it is carried out, I prompt Guv Godwin Obaseki to reverse the choice as it will not augur well for his administration as the reaction from the choice might be excessive for him to bear.
In assistance of maintaining the name Samuel Ogbemudia arena is a remarkable boy of Edo and experienced coach, Godwin Izilein who narrated how then Significant Sam Ogbemudia acceded to his( Izilein) demand that the Midwest state is worthy of a befitting arena after a match there in between P&T Firecrackers and Ministry of Functions in the late 60 s. And Ogbemudia reconstruct the arena and the arena was called Ogbe arena, prior to it was relabelled by the federal government to honour Samuel Ogbemudia.
That stated and done, the return of Insurance coverage FC to the elite league, the Nigeria Expert Football League, NPFL is still resounding throughout the land and worldwide. One male who is extremely delighted is Lawyer Godwin Dudu-Orumen, Chairman of the freshly produced Edo State Sports Commission.
He revealed his joy on his Facebook wall therefore:” NNL Super 8 Playoffs In Aba: VINI VIDI VICI … the popular words of the Roman General Julius Caesar, after his army dominated all oppositions in what was the world then, Europe.
Wednesday (January 9, 2019) at the Enyimba FC Arena in Aba, Bendel Insurance coverage FC made a terrific and wondrous go back to elite class football, the NPFL, by taking the 9 optimum points in the Group matches. Delta Force FC succumbed to 3-0, Remo Stars, 1-0 and the old opponent 3SC 1-0. So we are back. Numerous thanks to Mr Guv, His Excellency Mr Godwin Obaseki for thinking in the course and supporting it with sufficient financing and incentivizing the group, the Deputy Guv Pal Phillip Shaibu straight piloted the objective to bring lnsurance back to huge time football, his contributions are important, the Technical team and gamers who provided their all and the fans who cheered them at video games. God bless you all. On behalf of brimming Bendel Insurance coverage FC fans l state a huge thank you as soon as again and We Are Back!
In his own remarks, a pal of Edo state and veteran sports reporter, Desmond Ekwueme composed, “The return of this excellent club will bring enjoyable back to Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia arena. Football caring Edolites will have the chance of enjoying leading flight league video games once again, particularly when Bendel Insurance coverage FC play host to conventional competitors like Enugu Rangers.
One can just hope that other guvs will purchase sports to pave method for the return of clubs like Mighty Jets of Jos. It is hoped that the household of Late Chief Israel Adebajo will likewise do something favorable to revive Stationary Stores FC particularly now that Onikan Arena has actually been revamped by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in Lagos.”.
The male who piloted the Insurance coverage ‘Needs to Return’ objective, the Deputy Guv, Pal Shaibu is inebriated with delight on the task. He has actually guaranteed that “We do not wish to be purchasing gamers for Bendel Insurance coverage. Rather, we wish to develop a supply chain of football skills for the group.
We wish to localise and internalise Bendel Insurance coverage by utilizing our own house grown gamers”.
I wish to praise everyone that made the return a truth. Nevertheless, I should alert that for the club to be effective, it should be run expertly. It should be without all shenanigans of the civil service since that was why it went under about 11 years back. Invite Back Insurance Coverage