Bendel Insurance not invincible – Gombe United coach


Aliyu Zubairu, the Technical Adviser of Gombe United FC, says Bendel Insurance of Benin is not invincible, although they are a good team, having maintained 100 per cent record this season.

Zubairu said this on Saturday through a telephone interview in Gombe.

He said the match against Insurance was nothing special or different from other matches his team had played in the ongoing 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

He said that the fact that Insurance had played five matches so far this season and secured all maximum points, showed that the team was good and highly motivated.

“Insurance are beatable, the fact that they have won all the matches does not mean they can’t lose; of course they can lose.”

“They are a good side but they are not an unstoppable side,” Zubairu said.

He said that his boys were equal to the task and were ready to get the result that would shock everyone.

“People are going to see a different ball game today (Saturday) and I believe the result will surprise everyone.”

Asked if his team would break the jinx against Insurance, Zubairu said: “I am not the type of coach that would start saying the end result of a match not yet played.

“But definitely, I know we will come out with something from the match,” he said.

He said that his boys were highly motivated by the mid-week victory against Shooting Stars and with that confidence, his team would pull something against Insurance that would shock every club in the league.

“The fact that the win was the first out of the five matches we have played, it is going to be a turning point for the players.

“Majority of the players are young and have not tasted a win in the NPFL, most of them were yet to play in the NPFL prior to coming to Gombe United.

” The result will make them believe it is achievable to win matches and it will boost their morale, going into today’s (Saturday) match against Bendel Insurance.

Reports state that Bendel Insurance will host Gombe United at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium Benin.

Gombe United have played five matches this season with three draws, a win and a loss and are sixth on the log with six points from a possible 15.

On its part, Bendel Insurance have won five in five and have scored the most goals (nine) while conceding just once and are top of the Group A abridged 2022/2023 NPFL.