GOMBE State on Monday erupted with wild jubilations as the state-owned side Gombe United staged a return to the Nigerian Premier Football League following the NNL Super 8 playoffs in Enugu.
The state’s residents celebrated their team’s promotion to the topflight Nigeria Professional Football League in large numbers and are already looking forward to watching Gombe take on the country’s best sides next season.
Commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Achaba in Gombe, blared their horns ceaselessly, exhibiting their riding skills on the streets to the admiration of residents of the state capital.
A resident Mohammed Saleh said, “Now the limelight will be on our dear state again. The respect that football brings is spectacular. I’m really excited.”
“Once again, we will feel among, it is sad watching other clubs from other states playing while your team is not among them,” Adamu Adamu, a football enthusiast, said,
Also speaking, Danladi Inuwa added, “I hope they will use the promotion to wipe away our tears of about two years. We don’t want a heartbreak in the NPFL.”
Meanwhile, The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Gombe State chapter, has congratulated Gombe United for securing promotion back to the NPFL.
In a statement signed by its chairman, Halilu Teli, and secretary, Peter Uwumarogie, the sports writers’ body commended the state government for their support to the club.
They urged the team to ensure they were not relegated from the NPFL next season.
“We also commend the leadership of the club’s coach, Aliyu Zubairu; the Chairman of Gombe, Dr Larry Daniel; Secretary, Labiru Garba and other board members Abubakar Yellow, Bulus Plando and Alhaji Bappah Bura for a job well done.”