Dethroned Nigeria champions relegated

A 2-0 loss at Kaduna United condemned the 2009 champions to life in 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 owed wages, bonuses and sign-on fees from last the last campaign.

The State government was forced to order an audit of the club's finances after numerous complaints, but the players remained unpaid, leading to drastic drop in motivation and performances.

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