Bendel Insurance of Benin picked the first promotion ticket of the southern conference of the Bet9ja Nigeria National League [NNL] after beating Shooting Stars Sports Club [3SC] 1-0 in their final group game in the Bet9ja NNL Super 8 tournament.
Captain Charles Omokaro scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute after a good pass from his teammate from outside the box to beat the goalkeeper from 20 yards to secure their promotion exactly 10 years after they got relegated.
The win ensured that Bendel Insurance maintained their 100% record in the promotion tournament beating Delta Force, Remo Stars and 3SC 3-0,1-0 and 1-0 respectively.
Bendel Insurance had to finish the game with 10 men as Enanuena saw red deep into the second half as a result of a second yellow for simulation.
The Bendel Arsenals’ honourary captain and Edo State deputy governor, Honourable Philip Shuaibu was an unused sub.
Bendel Insurance will now face group A winners, Kada City FC by 4pm tomorrow in the final to determine the winner of the Bet9ja NNL Super 8 tournament and the 2017/2018 Bet9ja NNL season.
Ten years since getting relegated, Bendel insurance are back to the Nigeria Professional Football League.