BENDEL Insurance of Benin are optimistic that they can overcome RS Berkane of Morocco in their CAF Confederation Cup tie after the Nigerian representatives arrived in Casablanca.
The Benin Arsenal landed in the Moroccan city yesterday for the second leg of their second qualifying round tie billed for Friday in Berkane, which is about 500km from Casablanca.
Although the first leg ended in a 2-2 draw at the Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City almost two weeks ago, Insurance are confident they will get the result they need to advance to the group phase.
Insurance head coach Monday Odigie said his side were in Morocco to defend their pride and dignity in the return leg clash.
The stand-in captain of Insurance, Amas Obasogie, said: “Knowing the honour that awaits us, if we beat our opponent to qualify for the group stage, we are going to fight for everything in the field of play to go home happy. We made two mistakes in Benin and will not want a repeat.
“Above all, we want to fight to win for Governor Godwin Obaseki, who has been wonderful in giving his all in sponsorship and motivation that has taken us this far both in the domestic league and at the continental level.”
The Bendel Insurance contingent flew into Casablanca aboard a Royal Air Maroc plane, which touched down at the Mohammed V International Airport at about 1.8pm Nigerian time yesterday.
The team departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos at about 8:18 am, and were received by Emmanuel Ovye Oliver, the protocol assistant, and some other officials of the Nigeria Embassy in Morocco who were on the ground at the airport.