Niger Tornadoes, Gombe United return to NPFL

Niger Tornadoes, Gombe United return to NPFL

Niger Tornadoes and Gombe United have gained promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League after they played out a 0-0 draw at the Nigeria National League Super 8 competition on Saturday in Enugu.

Niger Tornadoes were relegated from the Premier League in 2012 on goal difference after scoring 38 goals in 36 games. Thirteen of the goals were scored by Sibi Gwar who was the league’s top scorer. They won promotion again in 2015 after winning the Nigeria National League.

Gombe United were continuously in the Nigerian top flight since promotion in 1994, the longest tenure of any Northern team. They however were relegated on the last day in the 2014 season to the Nigeria National League for the first time in 20 years. They won promotion back to the top level on the last day of the 2016 season by winning their division. They were relegated back in 2019.

Tornadoes finished top of Group A with five points after one win and two draws from three games. The Ikon Allah Boys will compete in the final of the competition on Sunday.

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Gombe United finished in second position on the same point, but have an inferior goal difference.

El-kanemi Warriors missed out on promotion to the NPFL despite edging out DMD 4-0 in the other Group A fixture.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Niger Tornadoes Mallam Adamu Aliu has congratulated Niger Tornadoes Football Club of Minna for their return to the NPFL.

“We have gone through a lot and thank God, we got a well deserving promotion to the NPFL, the team has lived up expectations. I want to thank everyone for their support and we all proud of what this team has achieved,” he said.

He further promised to give the team the necessary support to enable them remain at the NPFL.

“We are going to stay up for a long time because that’s where belong, we will do our best to stay at the top”.

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