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Bayelsa United Gains Promotion To The Nigeria Professional Football League; Seven years After Relegation

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Bayelsa United on Saturday announced it’s return to Nigerias’ topflight league following a 2-0 victory over Cynosure FC of Abakaliki at Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.

Timitimi Ineikade and Robert Mizo wrote their names on silver platter by scoring in each half in an encounter that was witnessed by the first lady of Bayelsa State Dr, Mrs Gloria Diri, some government officials and sports enthusiasts.

An elated technical adviser of Bayelsa United, Diepreye Teibowei in a post match interview said he was happy to guide the team back to the elite division, pointing out that the intensity of the match affected the quality of play.

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Experienced left back Hassan Oladimeji asserted that he feels fulfilled to come back to the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL having vowed not leave the club in 2016 when they dropped to the lower division.

He thanked the Bayelsa State government and the management of the club for giving priority to the welfare of the players, adding that he was encouraged by coach Diepreye Teibowei to stay back when he wanted to break his vow and move on.

It will be recalled that the prosperity governor of the state, Governor Duoye Diri had visited the players before the match and promised them a wholesome amount of money (allowance and bonuses) if they come out victorious in the encounter.

Bayelsa United bitter sweet experience

The team, founded 22 years were last relegated from the Nigeria Professional Football League in the 2015/2016 season and had spent seven years in the countries second division. The prosperity boys are the current holder of the Aiteo Cup which they won via penalties against Nasarawa United in 2021.

One time winner of the then Nigerian Premier League in 2009 after a 2–2 draw at Warri Wolves F.C. on June 14, and qualified them for the 2010 CAF Champions League, they were relegated after a season filled with hiccups in September 2010 after much controversy.

In 2012, they won their nine-team division to win promotion back to the Premier League and placed second to rivals Nembe City F.C. in the Nigerian National League Super Four tournament only to be relegated 3 years after, placing last in 2015.

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