After an 11 year absence from top-notch Nigerian football mighty Bendel Insurance is back to play in the nations premier league. The Arsenal of Benin (below) are part of the four teams have secured promotion to play in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the upcoming season.
Others to round out the new class of 2019 are Gombe United and Kada Stars from the Northern Conference of the Nigeria National League, while Bendel Insurance and Remo Stars got the promotion tickets from the Southern Conference.
The four teams confirmed their elite position following the conclusion of Match Day 3 games of the NNL Super 8 taking place in Aba on Wednesday.
Despite playing a barren draw in their final group game on Wednesday, Kada City and Gombe United finished ahead of Kogi United and Real Stars in their group.
Though Kogi United beat Real Stars 2-1 on their own part, it was not enough to get them promoted from the NNL to the NPFL.
Bendel Insurance meanwhile beat so Shooting Stars 1:0 through a Charles Omokaro’s 11th minute strike meaning they won all their three games and conceded no goal. In their first two games, Insurance had defeated Delta Force 3-0 and Remo Stars 1-0.
Remo Stars also booked their spot courtesy of a 2:1 win over Delta Force. Remo stars are returning to the elite division after a two-year absence.