By Kano Pillars FC
Four-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Kano Pillars FC have brightened their chances of reclaiming back the league title once again at the end of the current campaign after they ended the first stanza level on points (36) at the top of the log with Kwara Utd FC of Ilorin.
The Sai Masu Gida defeated visiting Warri Wolves by a goal to nil in the Match Day 19 played at the Ahmadu Bello stadium Kaduna, on Sunday evening.
Captain, Rabiu Ali aka Pele scored the only goal of the evening from the spot kick in the second half of the game when Wolves defender, Innocent Erukpe tackled David Ebuka in the 18-yard box.
Rabiu Ali stepped in and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for his 7th goal of the season.
In his post match reaction, Acting technical adviser of Kano Pillars FC, Ibrahim A. Musa, thanked God for making it possible to end the first stanza level on points at the top despite playing their home matches at the Ahmadu Bello stadium, Kaduna.
The experienced tactician believes that the position of the club on the log is commendable and assured the technical crew and the players will use the two weeks break to correct the loopholes in the team ahead of the second stanza.
“I have to commend the Kano state government, management of the club, players, fans and the supporting staff for their commitment and support in projecting the image of the club as the successes recorded is a collective efforts of all,” Coach Ibrahim said.
According to Coach Ibrahim, there are some departments in the team that needs reinforcement and assured that new players would come in before the kickoff of the 2nd stanza.
He reaffirmed his commitment and that of his fellow technical team to lead the club to the NPFL title at the end of the season.
“I won the Federation cup in 2019 and we ended the league on the 3rd and 2nd positions in 2018 and 2019 respectively and the focus now is to win the league with the Sai Masu Gida this season,” confident Coach Jugunu emphasized.
On his part, chairman of the club, Alhaji Surajo Shuaibu Jambul thanked Almighty Allah for a hitch and an injury free first round of matches and the number of successes the club recorded by the club during that period.
The chairman also thanked Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and the entire people of Kano for their untiring support and vowed not to let them down at the end of the season.
Media officer of the club, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa reports that the Aiteo cup holders have played a total of 19 matches during the first stanza. They won 11 out of those fixtures, drawn 3 and lost 5 matches to finished level on points with Kwara Utd at the top.