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