Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi
The management of Kano Pillars FC under the chairmanship of Alhaji Surajo Shuaibu Yahaya has strongly denied the reports circulating in some section of the media that the club had collected the sum of #25 million Naira meant for the 2019 NFF/Aiteo cup winning championship.
The Sai Masu Gida beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, in August this year to clinch their first National trophy in history.
In a statement signed by the image maker of the club, Rulwanu Idris Malikawa Garu and made available to www.kano-pillars.com said the club are still waiting for the authorities concern to release the funds as promised two months ago.
The statement further said the management of the club were surprised when they heard reports from some quarters that the club had collected the money a couple of weeks ago.
“We are still expecting the money and we can recalled a month ago, organizers of the competition, the Nigeria Football Federation through one of its executive told us that plans are underway for the payment but we are yet to receive any dime, the chairman said.
The Nigeria Football Federation and Oil company ‘AITEO’ had in 2017 signed a 2.5 billion 5-year agreement for naming and sponsorship rights of the Nigeria’s oldest cup competition.
According to the agreement reached back in 2017, the champions in the men’s category will take home a whooping N25 million while runners up will receive the sum of N10 million.
Four months on from winning the title, the four time league champions are yet to receive what is supposed to be their birthright.
The chairman then urged all those concerned to do the needful and consider their plight.
The Pride of Kano started the 2019/2020 NPFL season poorly but are gradually finding their rhythm and have now gone three matches without a defeat and are currently 10th on the NPFL log with 9 points from 7 matches would hope to stretched their unbeaten run to four when they files out against Nasarawa Utd on Sunday at the Lafia City stadium.