Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin, on Tuesday afternoon arrived in Casablanca, the capital city of Morocco ahead of their second leg continental clash with Renaissance De Sportive Berkane in the second preliminary round of the 2023/24 CAF Confederation Cup.
The crucial CAF engagement is scheduled to hold on Friday, September 29 in Berkane, Morocco.
The Bendel Insurance FC team flew into the Arab City aboard a Royal Air Maroc flight, which touched down at the Mohammed V. International Airport, Casablanca at about 1pm, Nigerian Time.
The team departed the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday morning, and arrived safely into the warm embrace of Emmanuel Ovye Oliver, the protocol assistant and some other officials of the Nigeria Embassy in Morocco who were on ground at the airport to receive them.
Recall that Bendel Insurance FC were forced to a 2-2 draw by RS Berkane at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, in Benin City, on Saturday, September 16.
The Benin Arsenal coach, Monday Odigie, who is leading the team, said they are confident to defend their pride and dignity in Morocco in the return leg clash.
The stand-in captain of Insurance FC, Amas Obasogie, said: “Knowing the honour that awaits us if we beat our opponent to qualify for the group stage, we are going to fight for everything in the field of play to go home victorious. We made two mistakes in Benin and will not want a repeat.
“We are facing a very strong opponent who have been champions twice in a space of three years but we will not allow their intimidation to affect our play. They should expect a good fight from us the way they also fought in Benin.”
While Obasogie noted, “Above all, we want to fight to win for our State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, who has been wonderful in giving his all in sponsorship and motivation that has taken us this far both in the domestic league and at the continental level.”
Why I No Longer Have Whatsapp Group With Messi, Neymar – Suarez
Former Barcelona striker, Luis Suarez has explained why he no longer has a Whatsapp group with his former Blaugrana attacking teammates Lionel Messi and Neymar.
Suarez, along with Messi and Neymar, formed one of the most fearsome attacking troickas in history during their time together at Barca.
During the ESPN Bola de Prata ceremony, the Uruguay international spoke about the Whatsapp group he used to have with Messi and Neymar (as per ESPN):
“We had a WhatsApp group, but Leo changed his number.
“Ney also changed his number. … They change all the time, so we lost it. … But we talk a lot individually.”
Suarez is set to leave Brazilian club Gremio as a free agent following the conclusion of the 2023 season.
The 36-year-old scored 26 goals and provided 17 assists in 53 games across competitions for Gremio.
EPL: Ian Wright Hits Out At Man Utd Star For Disrespecting Hojlund
Arsenal legend, Ian Wright has hit out at Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot for not setting up Rasmus Hojlund in the Red Devils’ Premier League 3-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday.
During the encounter, Dalot, who was played in by Antony in the 67th minute, opted to shoot from a tight angle rather than find Hojlund.
Hojlund, who is yet to find his first league goal, was in a central area and would’ve had a simple close-range finish if the ball came his way.
But instead of cutting the ball back for the Denmark international, Dalot fired the ball into the side netting.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Wright claimed Dalot’s decision showed a lack of respect towards Hojlund.
Wright said: “It was for me, when I saw that it was Dalot, and at 1-0, we are talking about Hojlund’s come on now and he wants his chance.
“This is good play from them. He gets in, he’s got to square this. He’s got to square it to him.”
He continued, “I think the total lack of respect for him. Look, he’s had a shot from the most ridiculous angle.
“He’s upset with himself. But he doesn’t even look for Hojlund, has a ridiculous shot. And Bournemouth score a minute later. Hojlund, he’s got to be pulling him up in the dressing room about that.”
EPL: Why Everton Beat Us 2-0 – Cheslea Coach, Pochettino Opens Up
Chelsea head coach, Mauricio Pochettino has suggested why his team lost 2-0 against Everton in Sunday’s Premier League tie.
Pochettino watched as two goals from Lewis Dobbin and Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton all three points against the Blues at Goodison Park.
Speaking at his post-match interview after the game, Pochettino said his team lacked concentration during the encounter against Sean Dyche’s side.
“There are 11 players on the pitch that need to perform. The problem is why we arrive in this situation, it is difficult to explain,” Pochettino said.
“We know why we are dealing with this. Newcastle lose 3-0 and Everton was much better and credit for Everton but today I think we were better than Everton and we feel disappointed and frustrated.
“It is not only to dominate and play well but we cannot show this lack of concentration. We were punished too much today, too many positive things, I know it is difficult to talk about positive things in the position.”
Chelsea have now dropped to 12th position on the Premier League table after the defeat against Everton.
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