One of the biggest fixtures of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season holds this weekend in the picturesque city of Ikenne, birthplace of one of Nigeria’s Political sage, the Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
Ikenne is also home to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s current Vice President.
One of the Group A match-ups this weekend is the blockbuster game between hosts and NPFL model side, Remo Stars and legacy side, Bendel Insurance, the only team yet to taste defeat this season.
The appetizing Matchday 14 tie is one that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) is pulling all stops to ensure it goes without hitches and lives up to its billing as a clash of top dogs.
IMC Head of Operations, Davidson Owumi has already described the tie as “a meeting of two model teams of the NPFL in terms of their management approach and performance”.
He has therefore admonished all actors in the fixture to ensure that the game produces a top-rated performance that followers of the NPFL will be proud of.
“We expect both clubs, their players, officials, and supporters of the clubs including the match officials to comport themselves and be true ambassadors of NPFL.”
Owumi assured both teams and all football fans expected at the Remo Stars Stadium that the IMC is putting all required logistics in place for an excellent experience on the day.
“We consider this match on Sunday as a premium advertisement for the NPFL given the quality of the two sides.
“Remo Stars have been a model in private ownership of a professional football club in Nigeria and we are enthused by what they have on the ground.
“Bendel Insurance, on the other, hand has also demonstrated that a government-funded club can be innovative and professional in management hence we are expecting top-notch delivery from all especially the supporters of both clubs and most importantly, the match officials”, remarked the IMC egg-head.
Insurance sits atop Group A after 13 matches while Remo Stars are in contention for one of the three playoff places.