SWAN, Fans Hail Gombe United Return

Gombe United players in action during a league match.

The Gombe State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) last Wednesday lauded the efforts of Gombe United Football Club in returning to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The State SWAN Chairman, Halilu Teli, told newsmen in Gombe that the Savannah Scorpions deserved the promotion ticket because of their perseverance and dedication last season.
Teli lauded the club management headed by Ahmed Usman for delivering on the mandate given to it by the state government, adding that the task was not easy to accomplish.
“I congratulate Gombe United for their courage in securing a comeback to the NPFL. It is well deserved, considering all the efforts by the state government and the technical crew.
“It was a collective fight and we are happy that the result has yielded the expected outcome, following the target given to the team management.
“The glory of this commendation for a return to the 2018/2019 NPFL season must be shared by the technical crew, the players, the fans and all stakeholders for all their prayers and support,’’ he said.
The Gombe State SWAN chairman also commended Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo for his efforts in ensuring that financial support was provided in time.
“One significant expression of this support was in the fact that the club was the first to arrive in Aba for the Super 8 competition,’’ he said.
Teli however appealed to the state government to provide the needed support in finance and logistics to prepare the team for the competition proper.
He added that such a gesture would go a long way in helping the club play in the NPFL with confidence.
Numerous fans of the club have also expressed their excitement at the club’s promotion to the NPFL for the 2018/2019 season.
In separate interviews with newsmen in Gombe, the club’s fans said it was a thing of joy for them to have their team back in the top flight.
Abdullahi Garbo, a trader at the Kofar Sarkin Market, said he was excited about Gombe United’s success in Aba, noting that the promotion would shift football attention to Gombe State.
“I learnt of their promotion after interacting with a friend this afternoon and I am excited they made it. This will bring the needed change and football attention to the state.
“I anticipated this promotion with the kind of training the new coach gave the boys and the morale of the club which he boosted through hard work.
“I commend the club, Chief Coach Ladan Bosso, the players and all members of the team. They will get a heroic welcome. We are waiting to receive our heroes,’’ he said.
Tide sports reports that Gombe United FC had on Wednesday gained promotion to the NPFL after securing one of the four available tickets at the 2017/2018 NNL Super 8 tournament in Aba.
They secured five points from three matches played, after securing a 1-0 win against Real Stars, a 1-1 draw with Kogi United FC and a goalless draw with Kada City F.C.