8th July, 2010
Bayelsa United were yesterday relegated from the Nigeria Premier League, just one season after winning the title and competing in the CAF Champions League.
A 2-0 loss to Kaduna United relegated the 2009 champions to the lower reaches of Nigerian football, along with Gateway, Ranchers Bees and Wikki Tourists.
Bayelsa, flush with cash at the time, claimed the Nigerian title in 2009 with a string of stirring performances, especially at their formidable home fortress.
But this season, the club have struggled with financial trouble, with players claiming they are being owed wages, bonuses and sign-on fees from the last campaign. The State government was forced to order an audit of the clubâ€™s finances after numerous complaints, but the players remained unpaid, leading to a drastic drop in motivation and performances.
Meanwhile, Enyimba playedÂ 2-1 against Kano Pillars yesterday in Aba to claim a record-equalling sixth domestic title to level with Enugu Rangers.
Osas Idehen and Josiah Maduabuchi both scored for Enyimba, with Moses Ogaga converting a cross for Pillars.
Enyimba went into the game needing just a draw to match Rangers, whose last triumph was in 1984, but it took just five minutes before the break came and Idehen made the mark.
Pillars, hunting for only their second ever title, matched the five-time winners and threatened with record-breaking league scorer Ahmed Musa a constant danger.