Bendel Insurance F.C.

Bendel Insurance Football Club, also known as Insurance of Benin Football Club, is a soccer club based in Benin City, Nigeria. They were originally known as the Vipers of Benin.Their venue Is, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium,which has a capacity of some 20,000

Bendel Insurance Football Club, also known as Insurance of Benin Football Club, is a soccer club based in Benin City, Nigeria. They were originally known as the Vipers of Benin. Their venue Is, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, which has a capacity of some 20,000.

The club was one of the founders of the Nigerian Premier League in 1972. The team had its first month of the 2007–08 season delayed because of a management dispute over who controlled the team. The crisis led to at one time two different clubs claiming the name Insurance. They were relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season after finishing in last place, the first relegation from the top level in team history.

In August 2008, the ownership crisis was settled and the Edo State government took control. Thus the name officially reverted to Bendel Insurance Football Club. However, the financial problems continued throughout the season. In February 2009 Insurance was banned from using their stadium temporarily because it was not up to league standards. In March, they were one of eight teams threatened with having their participation suspended due to a backlog of debts and fines. Finally, they were exiled to Ilorin for their final home game of the season after crowd trouble in a 1–1 tie against Shooting Stars FC that put an end to their promotion chances. The reason to Bendel Insurance’s breakdown was because of the ownership situations


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Nigeria Professional Football League
NPFL 2018/2019 GROUP A, NPFL 2018/2019