Bayelsa United are the new league champions of Nigeria after they held hosts Warri Wolves to a 2-2 draw in Oleh on Sunday, however, their celebrations were halted as captain Adel Tador was later shot dead.
United finished top of the 20-team championship on 70 points, three points more than closest rivals Heartland FC of Owerri.
However, their victory party was brutally cut short by the untimely death of skipper Tador, who was shot dead by armed robbers the same day he had hoisted the league trophy at the Oleh Stadium.
Both officials and players were too shocked to comment on this tragedy, wearing long, gloomy faces.
Football reporter Norbert Okolie, who followed Bayelsa's victory parade, disclosed that after Tador, a defensive midfielder, had lifted high the league trophy, he travelled with the victorious team to Oghara.
He then left the team in his car for Warri, where his family lives. It was on his way there that he ran into an ambush set by armed robbers. The robbers shot him in the head, causing his car to somersault. The two other persons in the car, the player's younger brother and a friend, came out of the wreckage unhurt only to be accosted by the robbers while Tador was left to bleed to his death.
Before then, the final day of the Nigerian league season was packed with drama.
Heartland, who needed to win well at Niger Tornadoes to stand any chance of toppling Bayelsa at the league summit, fell by a lone goal at the Bako Kontogora Stadium in Minna.
Relegation-threatened Zamfara United recorded the biggest win of the entire season when they trounced Kaduna United 9-0.
This result, which is expected to be a major talking point in days to come, means the Gusau club avoided the drop by a point, finishing on 48 points and in 15th place.
The teams relegated were FC Abuja, Nasarawa United, Lobi Stars and JUTH of Jos.
Samm Audu, Goal.com