By Kano Pillars FC
David Ebuka scored a late winner to save Kano Pillars from dropping points at home against Heartland FC in the Match Day 18 of the ongoing 2020/2021 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL), played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna, on Sunday.
The game was heading to a 1-1 draw until the 90+3 added minute when Heartland defender fouled Umar Hassan in the 18-yard box and the Referee awarded a penalty to the host which David Ebuka converted to ensure the game ended 2-1 in the Sai Masu Gida favour.
Earlier, Heartland took the lead in the 37th minute of play through Chidera Eze before Rabiu Ali canceled out the goal in the 44th minute for his 6th of the season.
The first 45 minutes ended with the scores tied at 1-1.
On resumption, the host dominated the game in search for a winner but Heartland FC have their goalkeeper, Ezenwa Ikechukwu to thanked for as he denied them a handful scoring opportunities with series of good saves.
Despite Heartland’s delay tactics from beginning to the end of the match, the Sai Masu Gida managed to beat them by two goals to one.
In his reaction to journalists after the match, Acting Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim A. Musa has thanked God for the victory but described the game as the most difficult they have played so far in the ongoing season.
Coach Ibrahim said his players played below expectations but believed that the tricky nature of football makes it difficult to be predictable.
“We have to go back to the drawing board to identify our grey areas and correct them before the next match against Warri Wolves here in Kaduna next Sunday, Coach Ibrahim said.
He however urged his players to show more consistency and must redouble their efforts if they are to win the league at the end of the season.
At the end of the match, Kano Pillars midfielder, Okon Aniekeme Asuquo was voted as man of the match courtesy of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN, Kano state chapter and has dedicated the award to his teammates, technical crew and the entire fans of the club.
With this result, the Pride of Kano are now occupying 2nd spot on the 20-team Nigeria Professional Football League log with 33 points from 18 matches and would next tackle Warri Wolves at the Ahmadu Bello stadium, Kaduna, on Sunday.