Bendel Insurance are set for a thrilling first leg of their continental showdown against RS Berkane as they hope to advance from the second qualifying round of the CAF Confederation Cup, The PUNCH reports.
The Benin Arsenals, Nigeria's Federation Cup holders, secured their spot in the second round of the competition after a remarkable first and second-leg performance against Aso Chlef of Algeria, the 2022/23 Algerian Cup winners.
Speaking ahead of the encounter, the Chief Press Secretary to the Edo State Governor, Andrew Okungbowa, said the state was ready to receive the visitors, expressing confidence that the home team woild come out victorious after 90 minutes.
“The Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, with its state-of-the-art facilities and impeccable pitch conditions, has been meticulously prepared for this great encounter, and our football-loving fans and supporters are ready and eager, as always, to fill the 12,000 capacity stadium with their cheers and support for the players, creating an electrifying atmosphere that will certainly inspire the home team to victory.
“It is going to be another carnival-like and festival Saturday in Benin, as the State Governor has given us a matching order to mobilise Edo people, just as we did in the first leg last month, to cheer our darling Insurance to victory. We have already set machinery in place to mobilise our people and to ensure that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium is fillef to capacity on match day with fans from across the state as we are going to provide free transportation from 12 different locations in the city to take people to the stadium and return them after the game.”