… as Ine Stars face Kebbi Utd

Following the Nigeria Football Federation Cup 2024 Round of 64 draws on Thursday, the defending champions Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin have been drawn against Stormers SC of Ogun State just as the runners up in the Edo FA Cup, Ine Stars have been paired against Kebbi Utd in the same round.

The reigning champions Bendel Insurance defeated Enugu Rangers 1-0 at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Delta State in 2023 to earn their fourth title since after 1980 edition and earned the right to participate in the 2023–24 CAF Confederation Cup.

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Top striker Imade Osarenkhoe’s 45th minute spot kick earned Insurance the prestigious title at the expense of the six time champions.

The Benin Arsenals who began the process of the 2024 FA Cup with a convincing 3-1 victory over Ine Stars to lift Edo FA Cup last month will be kick-starting the 2024 campaign and defence of the 2023 title with NNL side Stormers SC in a date yet to be announced by the organisers of the oldest national football competition.

Edo FA Cup runners up Ine Stars of Benin on the other hand have been drawn against Kebbi Utd in the same round.

Recall that Ine Stars defeated the Crusaders FC of Bayelsa 2-0 on 11th of this month in the in the rookies playoffs game in Asaba to qualify for the round of 64.