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CAF Confed Cup: Obaseki hails Ambassador to Algeria over Bendel Insurance support

EDO State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has commended the Nigerian Ambassador to Algeria, Aisha M. Garba, for the warm reception and support she gave to Bendel Insurance during their stay in the North African country for their CAF Confederation Cup fixture against ASO Chlef.

Bendel Insurance advanced to the second preliminary round after beating ASO Chlef 4-3 on penalties as the tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.

ASO Chlef won the second leg 1-0 on Saturday in Algiers to cancel out Insurance’s win by the same margin a week earlier, and the Nigerian side prevailed on penalties to sail through.

Governor Obaseki expressed his appreciation through the Consultant to Edo State Government on Sports, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, during the team’s appreciation visit to the Nigerian Embassy in Hidra, Sidi Yahia, Algeria, yesterday.

Obaseki thanked the Ambassador for her kind gestures and for being a caring hostess to the team in Algeria.

Bendel Insurance arrived in the Algerian capital, Algiers, on Friday afternoon to the warm embrace of Ambassador Garba at the airport.

The Nigerian Ambassador and her entourage later led the Benin Arsenal to their hotel and again visited the team on Saturday afternoon before the match, when she assured them of her support throughout their stay and during their match against ASO Chlef in Algiers.

She also mobilised Nigerians residing in Algeria to support Bendel Insurance during the match, and yesterday also played host to the victorious team at the Nigeria Embassy.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Gabar commended Governor Obaseki for fulfilling his promise of making Bendel Insurance great again.

She said that Bendel Insurance made her proud during the match with their show of resilience and determination that eventually gave them victory over a highly experienced ASO Chlef who enjoyed massive support from the home fans.

“I was on top of the world yesterday when we won the game. The mood was like when your child is selected for an international award. I returned home happy and was excited for the success of the team,” she noted.

According to her, the success of Bendel Insurance in the last four years is a testament to the commitment and pragmatism of Governor Obaseki, adding that Bendel Insurance is a national asset that must be preserved, thanking the Edo State Governor for his visionary leadership and conscious investment in the club.

PHOTO: Nigerian Ambassador to Algeria, Ambassador Aisha M. Garba (middle), addressing players and officials of Bendel Insurance Football Club, at the Nigerian Embassy in Hidra, Sidi Yahia, Algeria.

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