On Wednesday, Bendel Insurance will play host to Ikorodu City FC in a Nigeria National League Week 20 match at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.
The chairman of the Edo State Sports Commission, Yussuf Alli, has urged sports-loving Edo residents, including ardent supporters and fans, to come fill the stadium and cheer their beloved team to victory.
The appeal was made by the head of the sports commission prior to the club’s important match against Ikorodu Utd FC. The Edo Arsenal will be promoted with two games remaining if they win.
If the Benin Arsenals defeat Ikorodu Utd FC on Wednesday, they would have earned the necessary three points to secure their promotion to the NPFL.
“We are expecting a full house on Wednesday. The fans have shown tremendous support and understanding this season and this match against Ikorodu will be fitting end to a glorious outing.
“So we are calling on football loving Edo people to fill the Stadium on Wednesday, the players need an electric atmosphere to crown their promotion in style,” the record holding long jumper added.
The Chairman also revealed that supporters and fans would receive complimentary matchday shirts for sticking with the team.
“We are all going forward together and we need you to remain faithful as we enter the promised land.
“Outside football, we are also doing everything to resurrect the spirit of champions and make Edo State the Number 1 destination in sports.”
This season, Insurance has had a strong run, collecting four away wins and draws, two away losses, and a perfect home record, including a 4-0 demolition of Gateway Utd last Wednesday.
With 43 points, Insurance are now leading Group B1 by seven points over closest competitors Gateway Utd, who will also play Vandrezzer FC away from home.
After 11 years, The Benin Arsenal were promoted to the NPFL in 2018–19. However, they were unable to survive the rigours of the topflight and were relegated.