Match day six had Kano Pillars fans come to the Sani Abacha Stadium from far and wide agog about their team getting the first comfortable win at home this season. The record showed that out of 7 past meetings against their opponents: Kano Pillars won 6, ABS FC won 0 and 1 match ended in a draw.
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Pillars opponents on the day – Henry Makinwa’s tutored ABS Ilorin FC came into the match third on the log having garnered 10 points which includes a surprise away point from a 1-1 draw against Niger Tornadoes from Match day two. This alone should have hinted the home team that they were going to be up against a tough nut to crack.
The match ended 1-0 in favour of Pillars. A tension soaked second half that was mostly played in the ABS half saw so many wasted chances until an unmarked Adamu Muhammed scored with a bullet from within the box in the final minute of the game.
The most important match assessment has to be that of the man saddled with the responsibility of setting things right. Experienced Pillars Gaffer Kadiri Ikana had this to say during the post match press conference:
“We were able to have the three points at home but I am disappointed with my strikers because we had a lot of chances that would have made us score up to six goals in this match. Unfortunately we scored one goal in the last minute. We give praise to Allah for the success”.
When asked if he was satisfied with the way Kano Pillars approached the game. The veteran coached expressed satisfaction with the team but had to point out exactly why he felt things were not going as planned:
“Yes I am satisfied but my attack is not biting at all. It has been a big problem for the team since the beginning of the season. It happens when we play away and now it happens when we play at home. This is bad for the team”.
“We’ve been working on that but unfortunately we have not struck rhythm. But we expect that by the grace of God before the middle of the first stanza the team will strike rhythm”.