By Kevin Okunzuwa
Benin. Aug. 26. 2023
Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo on Saturday congratulated Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin for beating ASO Chlef of Algeria in the preliminary round of the 2023/2024 CAF Confederation Cup.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASO Chlef on Aug. 19 lost the first leg of the pairing against Insurance 0-1 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The Algerian side, however, won the return leg played at the Mabrouki Salem stadium in Algeria by the same margin to end the game 1-1 aggregate on Saturday.
The hosts scored the only goal of the match after 41 minutes to force the game into penalty kicks.
The Nigerian side went ahead to win the shootout 4-3 to progress to the second preliminary round of the continental football competition.
In a statement in Benin, Obaseki said: “I heartily congratulate Bendel Insurance Football Club for defeating Aso Chlef of Algeria on penalty kicks to progress to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
“The club have continued to give an excellent account of themselves, showcasing their exceptional talent and making us all proud with their outstanding performance.
“As they progress to the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, I charge them to continue on their impressive run as they continue to place Edo on the continental map,” he said