June 19, 2024

Chief Coach of Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin, Monday Odigie, says the fixtures of the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were becoming harmful.

Odigie, whose team drew 1-1 at home to Akwa United FC of Uyo on Wednesday in a Group A match day 11 fixture, said the schedule was not helping him.

“The fixtures are too close for us to get the best out of the players,” he said.

Sporting Tribune reports that Imade Osarenkhoe put the hosts in front in the second minute of the game at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.

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Cyril Olisema rescued a point for his team against the hosts who shocked them 2-0 in Uyo on match day 1 of the abridged league season.

Odigie was however unhappy with the stalemate, even as they still lead their group with 25 points from 11 matches.

Akwa United are in third place on the log with 19 points from 11 games.

In his post-match reaction, Deji Ayeni of Akwa United said the result was not bad for the two teams.

The coach noted that while his visiting side came into the match seeking revenge, the hosts were too resilient to give in.

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