Rescheduled NPFL tie between Bendel Insurance and Enugu Rangers back on after initial referees boycott

The Benin Arsenals are now out of the relegation zone after the crucial home win against the table-toppers

Bendel Insurance and Enugu Rangers will have their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) rescheduled matchday 8 fixture take place on Thursday at the Sports Complex of the University of Benin.

The game was originally fixed for Wednesday at the same venue, but was boycotted by the match officials appointed to oversee the tie.

After an agreement was reached with the protesting referees, the League Management Company, organisers of the league, have scheduled the game for Thursday.

The rescheduled fixture will retain its original 16:00 kick-off time.

Speaking ahead of the game against the ‘Benin Arsenals’, the coach of the Flying Antelopes, Gbenga Ogunbote, assured that his team were ready but admitted that they would have preferred to play the rescheduled fixture at the original time.

“No doubt, we are ready for the match but it would have been better if we had taken the game as earlier scheduled,” Ogunbote told the club media.

On his part, the team manager of Rangers, Amobi Ezeaku said the target of his team in the away fixture remain unchanged despite the alteration in their timetable. 

“Our league can always get better but we are not the only ones in this kind of things as they sometimes happen in other climes,” the club official told his side's press office.

"We are set for the match and our target remains the same as we remain humble in the successes thus far."

Rangers are leading Group A of the NPFL with 31 points from 14 games, while Insurance are 10th on the log with 18 points from 15 games and in the relegation zone.