Coaching duo exit Katsina, Remo

Bala Nikyu during his unveiling ceremony last year. In what has turned out to be shock departures, the duo of Bala Nikyu and Nduka Ugbade exited their jobs at newly promoted sides, Katsina United and Remo Stars, after five games this term. Both sides are new in the Nigeria Professional Football League and are also handling clubs in the top flight for the first time. Excitingly, Nikyu and Ugbade are not amongst the bottom four. Bala Nikyu (Katsina United) Appointed in November 2016, gathered that Nikyu’s unceremonious exit was attributed to ‘personal reasons’. Nikyu’s arrival at the club was celebrated and the club faithfuls are still shocked at his sudden exit. With the absence of the former coach, the club’s hierarchy have elevated former Nigerian International, Bauldwin Bazuaye, from his previous role as assistant to head coach.
Nduka Ugbade (Remo Stars) Like Nikyu, Nduka Ugbade’s exit wasn’t anticipated. Truth be told, Ugbade was under pressure to claim his first victory and he achieved the feat courtesy of a controversial spot kick converted by club top scorer, Victor Mbaoma, in the 1-0 victory over Abia Warriors. Club sources claimed the former Nigerian International left due to contractual disagreement with the club. It’s the second time Ugbade will leave a club he guided from the lower division after his non-appearance at MFM last term. Remarkably, he also enters the history books as the first coach to lead two teams from the second tier Nigeria National League (NNL) to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in consecutive seasons. According to a statement on the club’s website,, ‘Nduka Ugbade would be widely missed by everyone at the club as we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.’ Results Katsina United under Nikyu Match Day 1 v Gombe United 2-1 (Home) Match Day 2 v Abia Warriors 0-2 (Away) Match Day 3 v Nasarawa United 1-0 (Home) Match Day 4 v El-Kanemi 0-1 (Away) Match Day 5 v Akwa United 1-1 (Home0 Position: 9th Remo Stars Under Nduka Ugbade Match Day 1 v Plateau United 1-2 (Home) Match Day 2 v Gombe United 1-2 (Away) Match Day 3 v Abia Warriors 1-0 (Home) Match Day 4 v Nasarawa United 1-3 (Away) Match Day 5 v El-Kanemi Warriors 2-0 (Home) Position: 13th By OJEIKERE AIKHOJE
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