Hassan Eager To Feature In Kano Pillars’ Title Run-In Charge

Adamu Hassan is longing to play a major role in Kano Pillars’ title chase in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) despite being reduced to a bit-part role.

Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa has preferred the striking pair of Junior Lokosa and Nyima Nwagua who have accounted for the club’s 23 goals with the former netting 19 to top the leaderboard for individual goalscorers in the division.

But Hassan said he is keen to get more playing time and will roll up his sleeves to do when the club resume this Sunday ahead of their July 18 match against El-Kanemi Warriors.

“I will like to play and start in every game but I have not had the chance,” said Hassan to npfl.ng.

“I know there are other strikers in the team and it means I will continue to fight for my place. I am happy we are in a good position to compete for the title too, and right now I am ready to play my part in helping the club when the league resumes after the World Cup,” said Hassan.

The former Nasarawa United man however acknowledged that it will take more than being just keen to feature in the title run-in.

He admitted that the club still have a lot of work to do to contend with their rivals, adding that they need to start winning matches on the road.

“Concerning our chances of winning the title, we have to work very hard for that. There are other teams who want to win it too. We just have to march their ambition on the pitch and even do better than them too especially in our away games. We have a good chance to win the title like the other teams.”

The forward has been reduced to cameo roles in the Kano Pillars setup this season since re-joining from Nasarawa United at the start of this campaign and has managed just one goal and provided one assist this season.

By George Akpayen
Source: NPFL.NG

Pillars Show Class Against Katsina Utd

As the Match Day 21 of the ongoing 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season between Kano Pillars and Katsina Utd is nothing but concluded, the Sai Masu Gida put on an impressive performance to beat the visitors 3-1 in a keenly contested, brotherly affairs at the magnificent Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

The Sai Masu Gida begin the game on a high pace knowing fully well that only a victory can close the gap between them and Lobi Stars at the top of the NPFL table and they did that emphatically at the end of 90th minutes.

The Pride of Kano should have been one nil up as early as the six minutes when diminutive midfielder, Nzube Anaezemba fired in a shot that was blocked by Timothy Danladi for a corner kick.

At the 8 minutes mark, it was the league’s goal king, Junior Lokosa who erased the bad memories of the early missed by Anaezemba with a well taken shot from inside the six yard box.

Nwagua Nyima fired in a shot and was headed by Katsina Utd player, the ball hits the goal post and boomerang back to meet Lokosa, the striker was right there to open the score from the rebound.

Katsina Utd began to find their rhythm as they took control of the game immediately after Pillars scored their opener but couldn’t break the defensive line of the homers.

The trio of Destiny Ashadi, Tasiu Lawal and Martins Usule were devastating throughout the first half and Martin Usule almost level the scores for the Chanji Boys but his effort was well off target.

Nwagua Nyima doubled Pillars lead via a header after he was put one on one with the goalkeeper by Lokosa at 37 minutes of the game for his fourth for the season.

The first half ended with Pillars two nil up.

After the restart, Nyima almost scored his second for the evening but denied by Paul Danladi after his powerful header was well saved by the goalie.

However, few seconds after the missed by Nyima, Ajanah Chinedu’s back pass to Danladi proved costly as Junior Lokosa stole the ball and was left one on one with the goalkeeper and the striker makes no mistake to buried the ball into the back of the net for his second of the evening and Pillars’s third.

League’s top assist maker, Destiny Ashadi reduced the deficit for the Chanji Boys with a World Class finish at 57 minutes to make the score a respectable 3-1.

Ashadi raced down through the middle and beat Orji Kalu then David Obiazor for the wonderful strike that proved he’s among the top notch in the league.

The game ended 3-1 with Pillars failing to hold a clean sheet for the first time at home against their visitors.

The Nigerian giants maintained their second position on the log with 35 points from 21 matches, 2 points adrift of league leaders, Lobi stars who has two games at hand.

While the Chanji Boys are now dropped to 5th on the log with 30 points from 21 matches.

Pillars will next week Sunday travel to Lafia to have a date with Nasarawa Utd while Katsina Utd will host relegation threatened Sunshine Stars at the Muhammad Dikko Stadium.

By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi

Pillars Targets Away Win Of The Season At Wikki

After a successful dispatching of FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the Match Day 15 of the ongoing 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season, Kano Pillars FC players and officials have now shift focus to the Zaria Road Stadium, venue of our NPFL18 Match Day 16 encounter against homers, Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi.

The Pride of Kano will go into this game brimming with confidence after a needed victory against visiting Ifeanyi Ubah during the midweek.

Prior to the tie against FC Ifeanyi Ubah, the Sai Masu Gida recorded just a victory in their last 5 npfl fixtures and were on the process of making it one victory out of six matches until they run riot with four second half goals against the Anambra Warriors with league’s top scorer, Junior Lokosa netting a brace that ultimately took his tally to 14 goals in just 14 starts. That is, an average of one goal per game.

On the other hand, Wikki Tourists were scheduled to play against the Champions, Plateau but couldn’t do so because of the Tin City side’s involvement in the ongoing CAF Confederation Cup.

The last time Wikki Tourists played an NPFL Match this season was a 3 nil home bashing of relegated threatened El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri on the 25th of March, 2018.

In contrast, Wikki have more days rest than their visitors.

LAST 5 MEETINGS:

09-07-2017: Wikki Tourists 2-0 Kano Pillars

08-03-2017: Kano Pillars 1-0 Wikki Tourists

19-06-2016: Wikki Tourists 3-1 Kano Pillars

28-02-2016: Kano Pillars 2-1 Wikki Tourists

15-11-2015: Wikki Tourists 2-0 Pillars

WIKKI TOURISTS LAST 5 MATCHES IN THE LEAGUE:

Wikki Tourists 3-0 El Kanemi Warriors

Abia Warriors 2-0 Wikki Tourists

Wikki Tourists 3-0 Rivers Utd

Nasarawa Utd 1-0 Wikki Tourists

Wikki Tourists 1-1 Katsina United

PILLARS LAST 5 MATCHES IN THE LEAGUE:

Kano Pillars 4-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

Kwara Utd 2-1 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars 1-1 Tornadoes

Yobe Stars 2-0 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars 2-0 Go Round

LEAGUE POSITIONS:

Wikki Tourists are currently occupying 14th spot on the log with 19 points from 14 matches and a game in hand while the Pride of Kano are second on the with 24 points having played a total of 15 matches.

STATISTICS:

Wikki Tourists are outstanding, clinical and efficient while playing at home this season. They’ve played a total of 7 matches, winning 6 and drawn once and have scored a total of 11 goals, conceding just once against Katsina Utd, that game eventually ended one all. This represents an 86% home win ratio.

On the other hand, Pillars have played a total of 7 matches away from home. Drawn 4, lost on 3 different occasions and were able to score 4 away goals and conceded 9 in the process. Pillars garnered a total of 4 points from a possible 27 and this represents the 6th highest in the league.

COACHES COMMENTS

Ibrahim A Musa of Kano Pillars: “I’ve always have positive thoughts about my team and the ultimate target is to get all the 3 points.

“We’ve came close to winning matches away from home but luck wasn’t on our side on those occasions.

“To realise our goal, we must start with a win against Wikki Tourists on Sunday, that’s all.”

By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi

Kano Pillars Hope To Return To Winning Ways When They Host Ifeanyi Ubah On Wednesday

Kano Pillars were without a win in their last three league fixtures and failed to hold a clean sheet in two of those games and will hope to avoid the barren run when they host Ifeanyi Ubah on Wednesday at the famous Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano in one of the Match Day 15 fixtures of the on going 2017/2018 Nigerian Professional Football League

The Sai Masu Gida surrendered a 0-1 first half lead when Kwara Utd scored two second half goals that ensure a first league win for the new Boss, Abubakar Bala who was installed to steer the affairs of the team after the sacking of erstwhile Technical Adviser, John Obuh.

In the other hand, Ifeanyi Ubah were 3-0 victorious against the league champions, Plateau Utd with star striker, Kone scoring a hat trick.

This same fixture last season ended 3-0 in favour of the Pride of Kano. A game that ended in a controversial circumstance when the players of the away side refused to continue with the match after Captain, Gambo Muhammad put Pillars 1-0 up in the first half a decision that prompted the league body, LMC to award 3 goals and 3 points to the home team.

The second leg in Nnewi ended in a 2-0 win for the Anambra Warriors.

Head To Head

In the last 5 matches between them, both sides recorded two victories apiece and one match ended in 1-1 draw as follows;

28-05-2017: Ifeanyi Ubah 2-0 Kano Pillars

14-01-2017: Kano Pillars 3-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

31-07-2016: Ifeanyi Ubah 2-1 Kano Pillars

27-03-2016: Kano Pillars 2-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

20-09-2015: Ifeanyi Ubah 1-1 Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars Last 5 Matches In The League:

The last time the Sai Masu Gida tested a victory in any match was a 2-0 victory over Go Round and that happened on the 4th of March, 2018. A victory on Wednesday will go a long way in boosting their confidence.

25-03-2018: Kwara Utd 2-1 Kano Pillars

19-03-2018: Kano Pillars 1-1 Tornadoes

11-03-2018: Yobe Stars 2-0 Kano Pillars

04-03-2018: Kano Pillars 2-0 Go Round

25-02-2018: Rangers 1-1 Kano Pillars

Ifeanyi Ubah FC Last 5 Fixtures In The League:

Unlike Pillars, FC Ifeanyi Ubah lost just once in their last 5 fixtures and will be more determine than ever to pick a point on Wednesday.

25-03-2018: Ifeanyi Ubah 3-0 Plateau Utd

18-03-2018: El Kanemi 1-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

11-03-2018: Ifeanyi Ubah 1-1 Abia Warriors

04-03-2018: Rivers Utd 1-1 Ifeanyi Ubah

25-02-2018: Ifeanyi Ubah 1-0 Nasarawa Utd

Kano Pillars Team News

The four time Champions will welcome the trio of young prodigy, Nazifi Yahaya, Jamil Muhammad and Alhassan Ibrahim for this important clash while goalkeeper, Yusuf Muhammad is expected to make the team for the all important clash on Wednesday.

By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi

Lokosa Scores His 12th League Goal Of The Season As Pillars Lost 2-1 Away To Kwara United

Kano Pillars stuttering form in the league continued after they were trashed by two goals to one away to Kwara United in one of the Match Day 14 encounters decided on Sunday at the Kwara State Sports Complex.

Pillars opened the scoring through league’s top scorer, Junior Lokosa in the 27 minutes of the game. The goal means that the Lagos state born attacker has now scored 12 goals in just 13 league matches.

Pillars couldn’t hold on to the lead as the Coach Abubakar Bala tutored side scored twice after first half to secure a precious three points against the four time Champions.

In the process, the Sai Masu Gida side have gone on without a win in their last three matches and picked just a point from a possible 9.

The Pride of Kano are still third on the Nigerian Professional Football League table with 21 points from 14 matches, 5 points adrift of league leaders, Lobi Stars of Markurdi.

Pillars will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Ifeanyi Ubah next week Sunday at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi

Pillars maintained unbeaten run after 1-1 draw with Rangers

Kano Pillars on Sunday maintained its unbeaten run in seven matches with a 1-1 draw against host Rangers International FC in a Match Day 10 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League decided at Enugu.

Pillars came from behind to leveled the game after Godwin Aguda had put Rangers ahead in the 41st minute of play. Junior Lokosa drew Pillars level with strike in the 85th minute of play off Nazifi Yahaya low pass inside the goal area.

With this development Junior Lokosa maintained his record of highest goal scorer in the league with nine goals in ten matches.

In a post match conference Kano Pillars’ Coach Ibrahim A. Musa commended his boys for playing the game according to the instruction.

Ibrahim said they were in Enugu for the three point but getting one point was not a bad one and thanked God for it.

“No doubt the absence of late Chinedu Udoji affected our defense line but my players tried and we would continue to psyche them up to the time they will get their normal situation of play,” coach Ibrahim said.

He also commended the officiating of centre,Olajide Olayinka FIFA badge referee from Lagos, saying that with this kind of officiating any team can win at home or away in the league.

On his part kano Pillars Fc captain Rabi’u Ali dedicated the draw to late Chinedu Udoji and the entire fans of the club.

Rabi’u aka Pele pledged that gradually their target would be achieved and thanked the kano state government for its financial and moral support to the team.

He commended the players and officials of Enugu Rangers FC for honouring his late team mate, Chinedu Udoji before the match by distributing tee shirts with Udoji name to players, officials and fans of the both team before the kick off of the match and urged other clubs to emulate them.

Chinedu Udoji gone but not forgotten

We are deeply touched and saddened by the sudden and tragic death of our player Chinedu Udoji. He passed away on Monday 19th February, 2018 after a car accident on his way back from visiting his former Enyimba FC team-mates in Kano. We pray God to give his family the fortitude to bear his loss. Rest in Peace Captain!

We are collecting tribute messages on kanopillars.com/tributes which will be compiled and sent to the family of Late Chinedu Udoji.

Pillars host Enyimba in Nigeria’s El Clasico.

It is going to be ‘Super Sunday’ in the Nigerian Professional Football League as the two most successful clubs in recent times face off in an undoubtedly the biggest game of the Match Day 9, at the famous Sani Abacha Stadium Kano. This game have been described by Football lovers in and around the country as the ‘Nigeria’s El Clasico’.

Both finest clubs combined to win 10 League titles out of the last 16 and the fixture between them successfully replaced the ones we used to have in the 1970’s and 1980’s between Rangers International of Enugu and Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan.

PILLARS

The Sai Masu Gida approach the tie brimming with confidence as they have been impressive throughout the current season having lost just once in their last eight fixtures.

Pillars were able to keep four clean sheets in their previous four games scoring a total of four goals in the process and they have a hundred percent record at home, recording victories in each of the home game played so far.

A possible return to action of Pillars talisman, Rabiu Ali will be a good news to the ‘Sai Masu Gida’ Faithful having missed the opening fixtures as a result of national assignment. Another important player who is set to return is Ifeanyi Nweke, the speedy right full back was signed from Rivers United and like Ali, he represented Nigeria at the 2018 CHAN in Morocco.

The return to action of Ali and Nweke will be an added advantage to the team that already caught the eyes of football fans across the land with an impressive championship winning mentality.

Pillars forced Sunshine Stars to a nil nil draw in their last game and will be looking forward to better that result on Sunday.

ENYIMBA

Like Pillars, Enyimba have been impressive so far and are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, recording three victories and sharing the spoils on two occasions.

The news making round few days ago was about Captain, Mfon Udoh returned to training after a lengthy injury that kept him out of the 2018 CHAN.

This game will be too soon for the Captain to return to action but the People’s Elephant will welcome the likes of Mustapha Ibrahim and Theophilus Afelokhai and three others back to the side in time for this crunch encounter.

Stanley Dimgba’s 10th minutes penalty was all what Enyimba needed to beat 10-man Plateau Utd in their rescheduled Match Day 8 fixture, decided at the UJ Esuene Stadium on on Wednesday.

LEAGUE POSITIONS

Pillars are third on the 20 teams Nigerian Professional Football League log with 15 points and a plus 6 goals advantage having played a total of 8 games.

On the other hand, the People’s Elephant are on the 5th spot with 13 points from same number of matches as Pillars but with only plus 1 goal advantage.

FORM

PILLARS: DWWDW

Pillars 2-1 Abia Warriors

El Kanemi 0-0 Pillars

Pillars 2-0 Plateau Utd

Pillars 2-0 MFM FC

Sunshine Stars 0-0 Pillars

ENYIMBA: WDWDW

Enyimba 1-0 Nasarawa Utd

Rivers Utd 1-1 Enyimba

Enyimba 1-0 Abia Warriors

El Kanemi 0-0 Enyimba

Enyimba 1-0 Plateau Utd

HEAD TO HEAD

Between 2013 and 2017, Both teams have faced off on ten different occasions with Pillars winning four and Enyimba winning on six occasions and no draw have been recorded in the last five seasons.

Pillars were able to scored a total of 9 goals in those fixtures while Enyimba scored a total of 13 goals.

30-07-17: Enyimba 1-0 Pillars

05-03-17: Pillars 3-0 Enyimba

17-07-16: Enyimba 2-1 Pillars

04-05-16: Pillars 1-2 Enyimba

19-08-15: Enyimba 1-0 Pillars

19-04-15: Pillars 1-0 Enyimba

16-11-14: Enyimba 3-1 Pillars

01-06-14: Pillars 1-0 Enyimba

11-09-13: Pillars 1-0 Enyimba

12-05-13: Enyimba 3-0 Pillars

ANALYSIS

Though, Enyimba is one of the only few sides to have ever recorded a victory over Pillars at home, they need to worry about the Pride of Kano’s perfect home record in the ongoing season plus the ‘Red hot Lokosa’.

The Sai Masu Gida side have been scoring for fun at home this season and have successfully scored a staggering 8 league goals (an average of 2 goals per match) and conceded just once against Abia Warriors.

On the other hand, Enyimba recorded 3 draws on the road out of the 4 played so far but were walloped 2 nil at Katsina and have managed to scored just 2 goals in the process.

COACHES COMMENTS

Ibrahim Musa Of Kano Pillars: “It is going to be like every other game to us but knowing how good Enyimba are, we have prepared very well for the tie.

“Our main target as always is to get all the 3 points and doing so will help us improve on our position on the log.

On the importance of Ali and Nweke’s return. The experience gaffer told www.kanopillars.com that all the 36 registered players are equally important but will access each player’s performance in the training before making a final decision on whether to start them or not.

“Look, we didn’t built our team around anybody. “Had it been we do so, we would not have been near where we are at the moment because we loss 3 players for CHAN. Musa added.

Pillars will be boosted with the return of Christmas Madaki from an injury that has kept him out of the match at Sunshine.

Pillars held Sunshine to a goalless draw

Kano Pillars on Sunday maintained its unbeaten runs in five games with a goalless draw against Sunshine Stars in Akure in one of the Match Day 8 of the ongoing 2017/2018 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

Speaking to the journalists shortly after the match, Kano Pillars gaffer Coach Ibrahim A. Musa commended his players for the feat and expressed satisfaction on the handling of the encounter by the officiating officials.

He said referee Damian Akure from Benue State deserved special award for his near perfect control of the game.

Coach Ibrahim said the team was gradually getting close to the target hitting the top form for a possible title at the close of the season.

He pointed out that they came to Akure to collect the maximum points but thank God for getting a point which he said is vital at this time and expressed confidence that soon the club will be able to snatch three points away from home.

Despite the draw, the Sai Masu Gida remain in third position on the log with 15 points in eight matches.

Kano Pillars will host Enyimba next Sunday at Sani Abacha Stadium in a week nine encounter.

Pillars sent back MFM home empty handed

Kano Pillars on Sunday, sent back Mountain of Fire and Miracle, home empty handed with a 2-0 victory in the Match Day 7 of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League decided in Kano.

With the victory, the former league champion maintained its 100 percent home record since the commencement of the season.

The league leading goalscorer netted his seventh goal of the season off a spot kick in the 52nd minute of play following the referee decision to award the penalty for the home side after an MFM FC defender handled the ball inside the box.

Adamu Hassan who came in from the bench scored the second goal a minute in the added time of the second stanza off a pass from Mustapha Salisu.

The visitors, who started the game with delay strategies through time wasting, tried to fight back after conceding the first goal but their efforts to break the Pillars defence was frustrated by the defence line marshalled by Chinedu Udoji.

Kano Pillars stand in captain Chinedu Udoji, was voted the Man of the match with fourteen votes, Junior Lokosa six votes while Alassan Ibrahim got three votes in votes by the journalists that covered the match.

Presenting the man of the match award to Udoji, Chairman Kano State Sports Commission, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima on behalf of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Kano Chapter, congratulated him and the team for the victory and urged them to maintain the tempo and assured them that the people and government of the state are behind them.

On his part, Pillars Technical Adviser, Ibrahim A. Musa, expressed his appreciation to the players for their commitment and dedication to the set objectives of the club.

Coach Ibrahim reaffirmed their readiness towards ensuring that the club meet its set goal this season.

He hoped that the players continue with the same high spirit when they take on Sunshine Stars FC, next Sunday in Akure.

Also speaking, the man of the match winner, Chinedu Udoji thanked God for the victory and said he was in pillars to win the trophy which he believed is possible this season with the way the team has been pushing for vital points in all its matches.

He commended the fans of the club for their concerns for the team and assured them that they will not disappointed.

By Lurwanu Idris Malikawa