By Ojeikere Aikhoje,
Former Nigerian Champions, Bendel Insurance, on Tuesday moved a step forward as the first team with a chance to seal a ticket to the Nigeria Professional Football League with a game to spear at the ongoing Nigeria National League Super 8 Play-Offs, in Aba, after maximum victories.
Junior Osaghae’s second half goal ensured victory over Remo Stars on Tuesday to earn the legendary Insurance maximum points after claiming a comprehensive 3-0 win over Delta Force, on match day one, decided Monday.
Goals from experienced forward Charles Omokaro, Michael Enaruna and Emmanuel Uangboje gave Insurance victory in their opening fixture.
Thursday’s final fixture for Insurance will be the third clash against perennial rivals, Shooting Stars Sports Club, this term, in what is usually a national derby.
Insurance remain undefeated after two meetings against the Ibadan side.
The first meeting in Ibadan ended in a goalless draw, while Insurance won the reverse fixture, 2-1, n Benin-City.
A herculean task awaits Shooting Stars as they have to score three unreplied goals to halt Insurance’s return to top flight football.
Having spent over a decade in the lower division, the present adminstration in Edo State, led by His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki, promised to return the club to the elite league.
On paper, Insurance look good to return in style considering their outing so far, in Aba, as the only team with maximum points and only team yet to concede a goal.
Interestingly, Bendel Insurance topped their Group which had the Ibadan side during the regular season.