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

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