Bauchi-based Wikki Tourists have returned to the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) after their 1-0 victory over Nasarawa United.
Wikki emerged leaders of Division A with 49 points.
The team lost its Premier League status last year, but bounced back in style after one term in the Nigeria National League (second tier of football in Nigeria).
Wikki’s promotion bid almost suffered a hitch when former coach, Justin Tenger, headed for Premier League side, Niger Tornadoes.
However, the club contracted former Zamfara United boss, Hassan Abubakar, to continue the quest for promotion.
Abubakar expressed satisfaction with the team’s return to the NPL.
“It wasn’t easy, but we succeded in the assignment due to hardwork and dedication. I’m proud to have achieved this feat.
The team was third on the log when I was employed and I promised to ensure the team returns to the top flight.
“I’m a rescuer because I’ve done this in the past with Zamfara United. Besides, I even ensured Sunshine avoided relegation,” he said to SuperSport.com.
The former Golden Eaglets coach told SuperSport.com that the away victory over El-Kanemi gave his side the edge.
“We fought hard to beat El-Kanemi in Kano and that gave us the double over them this season. All we had to do was to complete the job at home against Nasarawa United,” he added.
Wikki, one of the few existing teams that started from the defunct professional division three league is yet to win the top flight league, but emerged victorious in the 1998 Challenge Cup.
The club has represented Nigeria twice in the continent.
Two former top flight teams, Ranchers Bees and Jigawa Golden Stars are in the race for the second ticket.