Philip Shaibu

The Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu has mobilised support for Insurance ahead of their Match Day 19 NNL clash with table toppers Heartland FC in Owerri on Wednesday.

A second half strike by Oriseweyim ensured the Benin side took all three points in their first fixture at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium but Shaibu is not taking chances against the leaders as he arranged buses, which conveyed hundreds of the club’s fans to Owerri on Tuesday. The delegation is led by a member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Damian Lawani.

“We are here to give all the necessary encouragement to the club, our target is to get promotion and Gov Godwin Obaseki has promised to provide all that is necessary to achieve this,” Shaibu stated.
Also, seventh-placed Insurance, who are given N1m as win bonus per game, have been promised an enhanced package for the super fixture. Our correspondent learnt that the state government was also set to present new buses to Insurance and Edo Queens.

Its parts of the efforts of the state government to ensure Insurance, once one of Nigeria’s top sides, return to the elite league, Edo FA boss, Frank Ilaboya, said.

“The deputy governor believes with adequate support, Insurance will claw back to the elite division. He describes the Heartland fixture as a must win for the Benin Arsenal.

“Heartland are table toppers while Insurance are locked in the middle of the table. A win on Wednesday will not only propel the club to title contenders, but also give the players the needed confidence to excel in their remaining matches,” Ilaboya, who is also in Owerri with the side, said.

In a related development, Shaibu has urged the club, winners of the FROT Group/Edo FA Cup, to “fast track” their journey to the top by winning this year’s Federation Cup and qualify for the continent.