By Jimmy Jackson
Bendel Insurance yesterday stunned their host Akwa United in the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Match day 1 opener at the Nest of Champions on their return with a 2-0 win.
Imade Osarenkhoe put the Benin Arsenal ahead in the 40th minute, before Divine Nwachukwu doubled the lead four minutes later to give the visitors a 2-0 lead at half time.
All effort by Akwa United in the second 45 minutes to get back into the game was unsuccessful as the Benin Arsenal held on to record victory on their return to the NPFL.
In a post-match reaction, Bendel Insurance coach, Monday Odigie, believes his team took their chances, despite the sustained pressure from the hosts. Expressing excitement at the victory away from home.
Meanwhile, Akwa United coach, Deji Ayeni, however, rued the errors of his players. Stating that all his team need is to psyche the players up to be able to recover from the shock and face future challenges.