Bendel Insurance beats Junior Katsina United, advances in NFF/AITEO Cup (SEE GOALS)

Bendel Insurance beats Junior Katsina United, advances in NFF/AITEO Cup (SEE GOALS)

Bendel Insurance of Benin on Saturday at the Goal Project football pitch, Abuja beat Junior Katsina United FC by convincing two goals to nil to advance to the round of 32 of the 2022 NFF/AITEO Cup.

The 'Benin Arsenal' stepped into the game, brewing with confidence after having just booked their place in the top flight of the Nigerian football league - the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Deputy Echeta almost put Insurance ahead in the 10th minute after he drove from the left flank and fired a shot, but his effort went wide of goal.

The newly promoted side to the NPFL took control of the game as they dictated the pace with a series of chances, from both flanks of the field through their tormentors in Chief, Deputy Echeta and Sarki Ismael who connected well with the three midfield marshals- Zaidu Ayuba, Maurice Prince and Stephen Sodje.

Moments later, Imade combined well with Ismael Sarki to set up Efe Enabulele upright as the right back rushed to hit a well-taken shot, but the goalkeeper kept the ball out of goal.

Bendel Insurance pushed further for the opener, but while doing that, Junior Katsina United took control of the midfield and put together two threatening attacks in quick succession but Anyanwu Sunday and Tanimu Benjamin held their ground to wade off the attack.

Insurance got back in action and initiated an attack - Deputy Echeta zoomed through the right flank and moved towards an acute angle, released a fine cross into the box for a well-positioned Imade who rose above his markers and headed home Insurance lead in the 36th minute.

Seconds before the end of the first half, Imade found a good pass from Zaidu Ayuba, dressed it well by sweeping out of the marker and hitting at goal, the ball rolled beneath the goalkeeper's arm and bounces towards the goal, but was inches swayed off goal for a corner kick which resulted into nothing to end the first half.

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