Federation Cup: Sunshine Stars vs Bendel Insurance-Match Preview


By Sedara Philip

Football pundits in Nigeria are already analysing the yet to be played quarter final tie between Sunshine stars Fc and Bendel insurance of benin in the Quarter final stage of the oldest football league cup in Nigeria , the FA cup .

Bendel insurance won the FA cup the first time In 1972 defeating mighty jets 3-2 on penalties after playing a 2 all draw

They did it again in 1978 and 1980 defeating Enugu rangers 3-0 and stationary stores 1-0 in 1980

It’s on record that the benin based side also lost two finals 1981 and 2006

While the trophy has eluded Sunshine stars Fc since the establishment of the team in 1995

Sunshine stars however won’t forget in a hurry the 3-1 defeat in the hands of Akwa united in the semi finals of the Aiteo cup , the result that landed Akwa united in the finals in October 2017.

Sunshine stars Fc so far in the FA cup recorded wins over Fc Basira of Nasarawa, Standard Fc of Kaduna , and EFCC Fc of Abuja thus qualifying for the quarter final tie against yet to be beaten Bendel Insurance of benin.

The last time this two sides met was 20th May , 2019 in the Elite league with insurance of benin winning by a lone goal in benin while the previous tie at the Akure township stadium ended 1-1

The biggest Sunshine stars score against Bendel Insurance remains a 1-1 draw on the 14th of February 2019 while Bendel Insurance’s biggest score was the 1-0 win of may 20 , 2019.

Sunshine stars Fc won 3 of their last five league matches losing 2 against Bayelsa United and Rivers united, picking up maximum points against Lobi Stars, Niger Tornadoes and Fc Dakkada with a recent 3-2 win over Fc EFCC in the FA cup

Bendel Insurance in the other hand won 3 of their last 6 matches in the league and the FA cup

A win over El kanemi warriors’, Heartland Fc and three draws against shooting stars , Gombe United and Nasarawa United .

Coach Monday Odigie of Bendel insurance has warned his players against complacency saying the match against Sunshine stars is as important as a league cup final

Edith Agoye who surprisingly qualifed Sunshine stars Fc to the super 6 playoffs in Lagos believed the benin based team are a good side that are beatable

No doubt the quarter final cracker in Awka on Sunday is a tie everyone is looking forward to .

Player to watch- Bendel insurance

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Player to watch -Sunshine stars

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