The cold war between the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, has a huge toll on the state government owned Bendel Insurance FC.
Insiders divulged to Popular News that one of the huge tolls of the cold war on the premier league clubside is their recent shaky performance both on the local and international scene.
On the international scene the Insurance who represented Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup contest were edged out in the second round of the qualifying series by the Renaissance Sportif Berkane (RSB) of Morocco despite all the hard work they did to salvage their image.
In the local scene the self-styled Benin Arsenal were defeated by a lone goal in a Match Day 4 game of the Nigeria Premier League contest with Gombe United.
Worrisome is the gist that the boys are now playing without as much motivation as was the case when Comrade Shaibu was a registered player of the club and was attending to their welfare issues promptly.
Popular News also gathered that the new normal of the club is to use a set of jersies, wash them and wear them whenever they have another match contrary to what was obtainable is the days of yore when they dash out any jersey they use in a match and use a fresh set in another match.
Sports analysts are pleading that the two combatants (Shaibu and Obaseki) should sheathe their swords for the progress of their state darling team and sports in general.