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2023/2024 NPFL: Gombe United FC Coach, Bala Nikyu, resigns after relegation

Posted : 06 June 2024

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Following the devastating 0-2 loss to Sunshine Stars in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Match Day 34 at the Pantami Stadium, Gombe United FC Coach, Bala Nkiyu, has made the difficult decision to tender his resignation to the team's management. This defeat was the final blow that sealed the fate of the Savannah Scorpions, condemning them to relegation from the top-tier league.

The atmosphere at the Pantami Stadium was somber as the home team suffered defeat in front of their distraught fans. The Savannah Scorpions' hopes of remaining in the NPFL were shattered, and they will now face the challenge of competing in the second-tier division, the Nigeria National League, in the upcoming season.

The 0-2 defeat was a result of goals scored in each half by Promise Awosanmi and Lucky Nwafor of Sunshine Stars, further solidifying Gombe United FC's relegation status. The team struggled to find their rhythm throughout the match, ultimately succumbing to their opponents' superior performance.

Coach Bala Nkiyu, who inherited the coaching role from Mohammed Babaganaru, has decided to step down from his position until the end of the season. Despite this decision, he remains committed to supporting the team in their transition to the Nigeria National League. He expressed his willingness to assist in restructuring the team and scouting for talent across the country to prepare for the challenges of the upcoming season.

In his resignation, Coach Nkiyu emphasized his availability to provide technical support to the current coaching staff whenever needed. His experience and expertise will be valuable assets as the team navigates through the process of rebuilding and preparing for the rigors of competing in a new league.

The news of Coach Nkiyu's resignation has sparked discussions among fans and pundits alike, with many expressing their gratitude for his contributions to the club and lamenting the unfortunate turn of events that led to relegation. However, there is also optimism for the future, as the team begins to regroup and strategize for a successful campaign in the Nigeria National League.


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