Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin are in Akwa, Anambra State capital, for the 2023 Federation Cup round of 16 battle with Heartland FC of Owerri as they target the stage of last 8 in the challenge cup.

The match is scheduled to hold at the Awka Township Stadium on Wednesday, May 24. Kick off time is 4PM.

Insurance FC who finished the 2023 NPFL regular season as Leaders of Group A of the abridged league on Sunday after being forced to a 1-1 draw by Nasarawa Utd to remain unbeaten, will no doubt be directing all their energy and focus on the challenge cup as they aim for the quarter finals stage.

The Benin Arsenals defeated Ahudiya FC of Abia state 1-0 at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar two weeks ago to progress to the round of 16 of the 2023 Federation Cup.

Sarki Ismael scored the only goal of the match in the 72nd minute after picking a pass from Imade Osarenkhoe who made it easy for the goal scorer to put the ball into an empty net.

Bendel Insurance FC started the Federation Cup campaigns with a 1-0 over ABS FC of Kwara Lagos in the round of 64.

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Heartland FC of Imo state on the other hand defeated Essien Ayi of Cross River state in the round of 32 to set up Insurance FC tie in the round of 16.

Insurance FC (NPFL) and Heartland FC(NNL) have remained invincible in their respective league.

Meanwhile, Insurance Feeders have been paired against NPFL giants Lobi Stars of Benue state in the same round of 16.

The junior Insurance progressed to the stage for the first time after coming from behind to upset NNL side Osun United 2 -1.

Lobi Stars (Benue), dumped out Cynosure FC of Ebonyi 2-1 to progress to the round of 16.

Can the giant killers Bendel Insurance Feeders do the unexpected against NPFL super six bound Lobi Stars in Owerri on Wednesday, May 24, 2023?