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Nembe City, a sad tale of a privately owned club

06 September 2015, 17:56

Bayelsa - In the 2012 season of the Nigeria National League (NNL), two clubs from Bayelsa State; Bayelsa United and Nembe City rode on all opponents with obvious confidence and secured promotion to feature in the apex football league in Nigeria: Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Bayelsa United is already a known team but Nembe City wasn't known. A private owned team playing in their first season in the second tier league in Nigeria. Nicknamed 'Kala Ekulema Boys', Nembe City won both at home and on the road in the abridge league in 2012. With a game in hand, Nembe City had secured a promotion ticket and pundits had predicted that Nembe City will shock the big boys in the NPFL.

That they did when Nembe City started their NPFL campaign, a 2-1 win at Heartland FC shocked league followers and drew a lot of attention to the club.

Owned by former NPFL chairman, Chief Victor Rumson Baribote, the club suffered proper funding, players played with empty stomach yet with determination and that pushed them only far. Young players with a big future ahead left the club for better options because of the neglect in terms of welfare package.

After playing just two seasons in the NPFL, Nembe City went down. Things had gone from bad to worse; Kala Ekulema Boys couldn't honour some of their home games and also lost at will at home in the 2015 season of the NNL. 

Today, Nembe City that hit the waves with hard earned result have been confirmed relegated to the third level league in Nigeria; Nigeria Nationwide League One.

Will Nembe City ever come back? Is this the end of a club who shook the Nigerian football scene for just three years?

Only time will tell, especially when the owner of the club has considered to nurture his political ambition.



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