Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu became the first serving governor in Nigeria to feature in the country’s football league as visiting Bendel Insurance FC played a 1-1 draw with Spartans in Lagos on Wednesday.
It was a rescheduled Nigeria National League (NNL) match in which the Edo state number two citizen stole the show as he inspired Insurance to a strong finish in the regular season of the second tier league.
The Edo state-owned club had on Monday put themselves in a good position of gaining promotion to the elite division by overcoming Shooting Stars 2-1 in Benin to occupy the roof of Group B1.
Insurance have been in the lower division for 10 years following their relegation from the then Nigeria Premier League at the end of the 2007/2008 season.
Shaibu, 48, came on in the second-half to the delight of fans as he showed flashes of brilliance in contributing his part to the club’s share of the spoils at the Agege Stadium.