Insurance FC make long-awaited return to NPFL

Insurance FC make long-awaited return to NPFL

11 Jan 2019, 10:15

Baldwin Bazuaye, Insurance FC head coach has dedicated his club's promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to the people of Edo State who have reportedly waited for 11 years for the return to the top-flight.

Bazuaye expressed his pride and humility in being the coach that managed to achieve the feat of leading his side to promotion and stressed the importance of the role played by the supporters, Edo people and the state government. 

Insurance reportedly kept a 100 per cent record in the Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 8 after a 1-0 victory against Shooting Stars at Enyimba International stadium in Aba to finish maximum nine points. 

This, however, means that the club makes its return to elite football for the first time since 2008 when they were relegated to the lower league and had a chance to the Super 8 title against Kada City on Thursday, January 10.

Bazuaye said: “I feel great. I won trophies as a player and I am happy to help Insurance return to the top flight.”

The Benin City club's captain, Charles Omokaro expressed his delight in the much-fought achievement especially the fact that he scored the winning goal to seal his side's back to the league. 

Omokaro said that it's been a long time coming and they have worked hard to make their way to top-tier football and he couldn't be more proud with his team. 

“Insurance has been in the lower division for 11 years and now we are back," he said.

“I feel very happy because this is what the people of Edo State have waited for."

“With the assistance of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, we have achieved this feat for Edo people.”

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