Bendel Insurance of Benin City made history by winning the 2023 Tingo Federation Cup, ending a 28-year period without a trophy.
The key player in this triumph was experienced striker Imade Osarenkhoe, who scored a penalty goal in the 45th minute to secure the highly desired victory.
Throughout the tournament, Monday Odigie’s team showcased their skills and surprised everyone by not conceding any goals.
Their remarkable campaign culminated in an exciting Cup final at the prestigious Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.
In a thrilling atmosphere, both teams entered the field with their sights set on the coveted trophy.
Osarenkhoe’s moment of glory came in extra time when he calmly converted a penalty, propelling Bendel Insurance to an unforgettable victory.
This goal followed a red card shown to a player from Rangers International FC, leaving the opposition with ten players.
The second half saw intense battles from both teams, but neither side managed to score.
Bendel Insurance’s strong defense, coupled with their determination, proved to be the winning combination.
Unfortunately, Rangers International FC fell short in the final match of the Federation Cup, which didn’t come as a surprise to their loyal supporters due to internal turmoil within the team leading up to the crucial encounter.
Prior to the match, fans expressed their dissatisfaction by protesting against the club management and Enugu state government for failing to arrange transportation to the final in Asaba, Delta.
Despite facing adversity, Bendel Insurance stood united and triumphed against all odds.
This victory not only ended their trophy drought but also earned them a spot to represent the nation in the prestigious CAF Confederations Cup next year.