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Bendel Insurance Will Soon Be Promoted, Says Commissioner

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Isaac Olamikan, Special Correspondent, Benin


Edo State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Presley Idiagbonyi, has vowed that the days of the state-owned football outfit, Bendel Insurance FC, in the lower rungs of the nationwide league will soon be over.

He made the disclosure recently during a chat with reporters in his office in Benin, the state capital.

“The needful has been done. The players’ salaries and bonuses have been paid. The technical team has been doing its job of keeping the players fit. What remains now is how the players reenact what they have been taught in their training sessions on the field of play,” he said.

He denied that the recruitment of players was based on the sentiment of who recommended such a player to the coaching crew.

“Edo State is detribalised. What you must have been hearing may have emanated from some people who want things to go their own way. It is not reasonable or even possible that all the players of the club must come from a particular part of the state. As a miniature Nigeria, we must reflect the federal character of selecting quality players that can make us proud.”

On preparations been made by the state government to come out tops in the next National Sports Festival, the commissioner stressed that the fitness of athletes determine how well they will perform in a competition.

“The ministry has been facilitating the payment of whatever is athletes’ due to enable them perform well in different competitions they go for outside the state. With this new turn of events our athletes have been doing well. They have been winning laurels.

“If that been so if we bring them together and make them go through a good training programme they will surely excel in any competition they’re involved in. The sky is our limit in this regard. I have no doubt about this,” he said.