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Nigeria: Edo Deputy Governor Retires From Professional Football in Style


The Edo deputy governor ended his career by leading the Benin side back to the NPFL.

Edo Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu on Friday, announced his retirement from professional football.

Until his retirement, Shaibu was a signed player of Bendel Insurance FC, a club he helped to secure a ticket to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The deputy governor announced his retirement in Benin at a news conference, shortly after the Insurance’s last match in the Nigerian National League (NNL) against Vandrezzer FC of Lagos.

Insurance won the week 22 by a lone goal to end the 2021/2022 soccer season, amidst jubilation among the fans at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium.

He had earlier distributed souvenir which included jerseys with his name and balls to scores of fans who were present at the venue of the final league play.

Briefing journalists, the Edo deputy governor said he was elated that his six years sojourn with the Benin side ended with a ticket to the Nigerian apex league.

Mr Shaibu commended stakeholders, who helped to restore the past glory of the ancient football club.

“I am so excited today that in good health, I am retiring from professional football and thank the stakeholders in Bendel Insurance for this historic moment of retiring with jersey number 40.

“It’s first of its kind and I am so excited and happy about it,” he said, noting that he was more elated that his commitment to and rebranding of Bendel Insurance yielded the desired result.