Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU profiles the four promoted teams from the Nigeria National League (NNL) that will compete in the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season set to kick off before the end of 2016.
1. KATSINA UNITED
Katsina United are back in the Nigeria Professional Football League after spending 15 years in the second tier, the Nigeria National League.
The modest outfit fought off the challenge of Dream FC of Makurdi, a club financed by former Super Eagles forward, Dominic Iorfa to pick the promotion ticket from the NNL Division A1.
The club founded and initially financed by onetime NFA chairman, Col. Abdulmumini Aminu (rtd.), was first promoted to the NPFL in 1997 but were relegated to the NNL in 2001. The club was disbanded thereafter.
The state government however reestablished the club in 2009 and renamed it Spotlight FC. They reverted to the original name in February 2016.
The management of the club recently contracted Bala Nkiyu to tinker the team next season. He will be assisted by former junior international, Baldwin Bazuaye.
2. GOMBE UNITED
The Desert Scorpions first won promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League in I994 and were relegated on the final day of the 2004 season.
They however ended their 12 year stay in the Nigeria National League after picking the promotion ticket from the NNL Division A2.
Former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles coach, Manu Garba is now in charge of the side and assisted by Hassan Abubakar, the man who masterminded their promotion to the top flight.
3. REMO STARS
The side financed by businessman, Kunle Soname will be making their debut appearance in the Nigeria Professional Football League in the 2016/2017 season.
Formerly known as FC Dender of Lagos, they won promotion from the Nigeria Nationwide League to the NNL in 2010.
The following season, they relocated to Shagamu, Ogun State and changed their name to Remo Stars Football Club.
They are the first team to earn promotion from the NNL last season.
4. ABS FC
Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC fought off a tough challenge from Gateway United of Abeokuta to finally secure a return to the Nigeria Professional Football League.
The side bankrolled by Nigeria's senate president, Bukola Saraki were relegated in the 2012/2013 season.