Bendel Insurance F.C.

Bendel Insurance FC
Full name Bendel Insurance Football Club
Nickname(s) Vipers, The Benin Arsenal
Founded 1972
Ground Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium
Benin City, Nigeria
Ground Capacity 20,000
Chairman Julius Ihonvbere[1]
Manager Roland Ewere (Interim)[2]
League Nigeria National League

Bendel Insurance Football Club, also known as Insurance of Benin Football Club, is a soccer club based in Benin City, Nigeria. They were originally known as the Vipers of Benin. Their venue, Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, has a capacity of some 20,000.[3]


The club was one of the founders of the Nigerian Premier League in 1972. The team had its first month of the 2007–08 season delayed because of a management dispute over who controlled the team.[4][5] The crisis led to at one time two difference 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.[6] 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.[7]


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 2013

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

No. Position Player
1 Nigeria GK Enaholo Joshua
12 Nigeria GK Oghale Company
4 Nigeria Nicholas Joseph
5 Nigeria Isyiku Prince
6 Nigeria Maurice Prince
7 Nigeria Okai Godday
9 Nigeria Iyayi Atiemwen
10 Nigeria Omokaro Charles
11 Nigeria Karimu Shaibu
No. Position Player
18 Nigeria Benson Omoduku
24 Nigeria Godwin David
25 Nigeria Edewhor Prosper
27 Nigeria Ikeleji Bello
28 Nigeria Nuruni Brimo
30 Nigeria Adekunle adebowale
32 Nigeria Uche Cyprian
33 Nigeria Chinedu Edwin


  2. "Stadiums in Nigeria". World Stadiums. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  3. "Insurance FC crisis started since 1995". NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  4. "Osunbor summons Ebewele, Ekhosuehi – Insurance crisis latest". NIGERIAN TRIBUNE. Retrieved 2008-01-04.
  5. Insurance, El-Kanemi, others may lose league slots (Nigerian Compass)
  6. [The situations between the ownership were the reason to the breakdown of Bendel Insurance. "Bendel Insurance breakdown"] Check |url= value (help).
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