November 21, (THEWILL) – Bendel Insurance are Champions of the 2021/2022 Nigeria National League (NNL) Super four tournament, held at the Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
Bendel Insurance beat Doma United of Gombe 2-1, in a game watched by Bayelsa State governor, Senator Douye Diri, alongside other government officials.
The Benin Arsenal took the lead in the 38th minute from hitman, Austin Ogunye, through Divine Nwachukwu’s beautifully connected pass to beat Doma United goalkeeper, Farouk Umar, to end the first with a goal up.
Joshua Enoch in the 55th minute restored parity for Doma United from a Bendel Insurance defensive blunder, however, experienced striker, Ebenezer Odeyemi, made it 2-1 in the 75th minute to ensure that Bendel Insurance returned to Benin with the trophy.
Insurance finished the tournament with seven points, Bayelsa United four points, El-Kanemi Warriors four points while Doma United could only manage a point.
Earlier, Bayelsa United outwitted El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0. A brace from Robert Mizo on 30 and 72 minutes gave the Prosperity Boys the deserved victory.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, in his closing remark, commended the leadership of the Nigeria National League (NNL) for bringing the Super Four to Bayelsa, stating that he was impressed by the level of officiating.
Governor Diri, who described poor officiating as a menace bedevilling Nigerian football noted that the only way Nigeria football can get global attention was to overcome the issue of bad officiating, pointing out that the Prosperity administration would give premium attention to sports development.
An elated Bendel Insurance Coach, Greg Ikhenoba, said his team is still rebuilding for the new season, despite clinching the super four trophy, stressing that they have pencilled down departments in the team that need to be strengthened.
Also, goal scorers, Austin Ogunye and Ebenezer Odeyemi, said they were excited to win the tournament, saying that the competition provided them the opportunity to work harder.
They commended the Bayelsa State government for hosting the showpiece attributing the victory to hard work and dedication.