The Team Manager of Benin-based Insurance FC, Monday Odigie, has said that Edo Government’s support, and God factor were critical to the club’s promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Wednesday, Odigie also commended the technical crew and players for their zeal and determination that ensured the promotion.
The manager, however, said that more work was needed to keep the momentum.
“The support from the government has been the key driving force, and it has been very encouraging and more than we had hoped for,” he said.
On his plans for Insurance in the elite league, Odigie said: “Every man who finds himself in a contest will aspire and work in a manner to get the best from that contest.
“That is the philosophy I have and it is what I am trying to make the club do.”
On the team’s chances at the NPFL, he said his major preoccupation now was to get Insurance stabilised at the premiership.
“You cannot run if you have not walked. The team has been away from the elite league for several years now; it is not going to be magic, but I hope that at the end, it will be worth the while.”
Asked the likelihood of recruitment of new players to fortify the team, Odigie said the circumstances which the newly promoted clubs from NNL to the NPFL found themselves might not allow for that.
“Insurance has already played its first NPFL league match just less than two weeks after securing promotion.
“How do you recruit new players and make them blend with the old ones within such a time.
“What is on ground is what we are trying to work with. We will do the best with what we have,” he said.
It will be recalled that Insurance secured promotion to the NPFL after 11 years absence.
The club secured promotion after topping the table in their group in the NNL top eight play-off.