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Public Approval as Edo state owned football teams unveils jerseys; impressive Jersey endorsement deal

Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens FC have revealed their brand new kits for the new NNL and NWFL season.

The event was graced by who is who in Nigerian football, both from the male and female football sphere in the country alongside business moguls; the management of the clubs also unveiled Sterling Bank Plc as Bendel Insurance football club shirt sponsor shirt sponsors in a deal that will see the Benin Arsenal cart home a whooping in 50 million naira, yearly.

The Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philp Shaibu and the chairman of Bendel Insurance shirt sponsors, Sterling Bank, Asuen Ighodaro unveiled the new jersey of Bendel Insurance FC of Benin, while Her Excellency the Edo State first Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki alongside, Her Excellency the wife of the Deputy Governor, Comrade Maryann Philip-Shaibu unveiled the Edo Queens FC jersey.

According to Obaseki, “we have a keen interest to reform the sports sector in the state, and this is aimed at providing solutions to youth restiveness and unemployment. For us, sports have the potential to uplift the lives of our people and offer hope to youths who seek a better country.”

Mr Obaseki while appreciating the chairman of Sterling Bank Plc said: “Edo people are sports-loving. We will leverage this as we continue our reforms and give hope to our teeming youths. The steps made in reforming the Bendel Insurance FC will serve as a reference point to drive more reforms in the sector.”

The Deputy Governor, Rt, Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, on his part, hailed the achievements of the club, which has a reputation of producing top stars for the national team, while enlightening the success stories and optimism ahead of the season.

Shaibu added, The decision to unveil the Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens new jerseys are to ensure the club remains a force to contend with.

In her address, the state sports coordinator, Mrs Sabina Chikere acknowledged the immense contribution of the state government towards sports development in the state, adding that the football teams are now positioned to take the world by storm.

The chairman of Sterling Bank Plc, Mr Asuen Ighodaro who was physically present at the event, commended the state government for its initiatives in repositioning Bendel Insurance FC and Edo Queens FC respectively, and appreciate the state government for partnership as the new season sponsorship to achieve more success together.

The yellow body and sleeves with iconic green and red touch remain the clubs home team shirts. The iconic green and red accents venture on the body of the kit, with Sterling panels encasing the chest as the Insurance FC shirt sponsor.

The shirt, which has yellow body and red/green stripes on the shoulders and sleeves, capped off by its traditional yellow shorts and socks will be used for their home matches respectively, While the jersey with pepper red/green body with stripes yellow on the shoulder, capped off by red/green shorts and socks with yellow stripes will be for their away matches for the new season.

Manufacturers 14Fourteen.com say that the strip, modelled by stars Tanimu Benjamin, Oshoke, Suliat Abideen and Yemisi Samuel, jerseys boasts a more vibrant colour and boost their performance when they are playing.

“We give attention to the details by developing a new shape of colour and include in the pattern, the symbol of Edo State. We also created the leopard design on the Edo Queens jersey and camouflage on the Bendel Insurance’s.”

Amount and the means of buying the jerseys would be made known to the general public in no due time.

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Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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