Bendel Insurance F.C.

Bendel Insurance Football Club, also known as Insurance of Benin Football Club or simply Bendel Insurance, is a soccer club based in Benin City, Nigeria. They were originally known as the Vipers of Benin. Their venue is Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, which has a capacity of 20,000.[4]

Bendel Insurance FC
Full nameBendel Insurance Football Club
Nickname(s)Vipers, The Benin Arsenal
GroundSamuel Ogbemudia Stadium
Benin City, Nigeria
ChairmanJulius Ihonvbere[1]
ManagerMonday Odigie[2]
LeagueNigerian Professional Football League [3]

The club is owned by the Edo State government.[5]


Created by Dr. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia, Bendel Insurance was one of the founding members of the Nigerian Premier League in 1972.[6]

The team had its first month of the 2007–08 season delayed because of a management dispute over who controlled the team.[7][8] The crisis led to at one time two different clubs claiming the name Insurance. They were relegated at the end of the 2007–08 season after finishing in last place, the first relegation from the top level in team history.

In August 2008, the ownership crisis was settled and the Edo State government took control. Thus the name officially reverted to Bendel Insurance Football Club.

However the financial problems continued throughout the season. In February 2009 Insurance was banned from using their stadium temporarily because it was not up to league standards. In March, they were one of eight teams threatened with having their participation suspended due to a backlog of debts and fines.[9] Finally, they were exiled to Ilorin for their final home game of the season after crowd trouble in a 1–1 tie against Shooting Stars FC that put an end to their promotion chances. The reason to Bendel Insurance's breakdown was because of the ownership situations.

Bendel Insurance were promoted back to the top flight for the 2019 season after spending over ten years in lower divisions.[6]


1973, 1979
1972, 1978, 1980
1993, 1994, 1995

Performance in CAF competitions

1974: Second Round
1980: Semi-Finals
2005 – Second Round
1994 Champion
1979 – Semi-Finals
1982 – Second Round

Current team

As of 30 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Stephen Sodje
4 Emmanuel Uangboje
6 Maurice Prince
8 Meyiwa Oritseweyam
9 Junior Osaghae
10 Omokaro Charles
12 GK Amas Obasogie
13 Abraham Odianosen
14 Abraham Ovwiomodiohwo
15 Martins Obinna Ohia
16 Odinaka Ezeh
No. Position Player
17 Michael Enaruna
19 Okorie Arinze
20 Kingsley Onovo
23 Walbe David
24 GK Abiodun Owolabi
26 Ebiaku Promise
27 Michael Ugwu
28 Tanimu Benjamin
30 Daniel Johnson
31 Kalu Moses
32 Adimorama Ezeh
33 Abu Chukwunonso


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  3. "Bendel Insurance, three other teams promoted to Nigeria pro football league – Premium Times Nigeria". 9 January 2019.
  4. "Stadiums in Nigeria". World Stadiums. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
  5. "Nigeria's Edo State to pay women and men teams equally". 19 November 2019 via
  6. Odegbami, Olusegun (18 January 2019). "The Return of 'Bede' Insurance!". Vanguard Nigeria.
  7. "Insurance FC crisis started since 1995". NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  8. "Osunbor summons Ebewele, Ekhosuehi – Insurance crisis latest". NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  9. "Compass News – Awaken To A Different World". Compass News – Awaken To A Different World. Archived from the original on 17 June 2009. Retrieved 7 March 2009.
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