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
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.
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.
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