Insurance FC coach tenders apology over ouster from 2021 Men’s AITEO Cup

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Bendel Insurance Football Club Benin say Chief , Bernard Ogbe, has apologised over the club’s early exit from the 2021 Men’s AITEO Cup competition.

The club’s spokesman, Kehinde Osagiede, in a statement issued in Benin on said the apology was to the Government, the club’s fans and football stakeholders in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the coach’s apology followed the club’s defeat by Nasarawa United of Lafia in the competition’s Round of 32 on Thursday in Enugu.

The state government-sponsored club were defeated 3-1.

Ogbe said the apology was necessary considering the respect and confidence the state’s major clubs accorded Insurance FC when they unanimously endorsed them to represent the state in the national competition.

“Let me sincerely apologise to the Edo state government and the state’s people, as well as other football stakeholders, including major clubs in the state endorsed Insurance FC to represent the state in the competition.

“It is quite unfortunate that we just crashed out at this stage. It is disappointing. This is my worst outing in the Cup competition in my coaching career.”

He however assured that they would compensate for the loss through the national league.

“We will direct energy to the Nigeria National League (NNL). Our mandate is to secure promotion for Insurance FC at the end of the season and anything short of that is unacceptable.

“I have confidence that we will not fail to achieve that. I want to appeal to the government and the people not to withdraw their support,” Ogbe stated.