El-Kanemi Warriors to shock Pillars on NPFL Matchday 2

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) returns this Wednesday and Thursday with Matchday 2 and six matches are on offer with El-Kanemi Warriors versus Kano Pillars presenting a mouthwatering northern contest. El-Kanemi and Kano Pillars have got their campaign this season to winning starts and occupy first and second positions respectively in Group B of the ranking.

Mohammed BabaGanaru’s men produced the biggest upset of the opening day on Sunday by winning at title hopeful Akwa United 1-0 through a very late goal from substitute Ba’akaka Ajikolo while Kano Pillars held on to Chinedu Sunday’s early goal to edge a valiant Heartland 1-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium.Image result for lokosa

Now four-time champions Kano Pillars know that they will have to move on without Junior Lokosa and the onus now rests on the shoulders of Nyima Nwagua who played as attacking partner to last season’s top scorer who has now joined Tunisian side Esperance.

Pillars interim head coach Kabiru Baleria is expected to stick to the same 11 that started against Heartland barring any injuries against a coach who knows the Kano club having previously had stints with them. BabaGanaru will relish the chance of making it two wins in two after watching from the sidelines at the Nest of Champions as his team benefited from the gaffe of Akwa United goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo.

OFFICIAL! Super Eagles striker joins Champions League winner

Tunisian club side Esperance have confirmed the signing of Super Eagles striker, Junior Lokosa from Kano Pillars for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old ends his spell at Kano Pillars to team up with the north Africans on Monday evening.

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The Nigeria international signs a two-year contract with the reigning Caf Champions League kings on the back of an impressive season in the Nigeria top flight. Lokossa topped the Nigeria Professional Football League goalscoring charts last term after scoring 25 goals in 21 matches.
He also played a crucial role to help Sai Masu Gida reach the final of the Nigeria Federation Cup where they bowed to cross-city rivals, Enugu Rangers on penalties.

At the Stade Olympique de Radès Tunis, the new signing would be hoping to help Moine Chaabani’s men win a fourth consecutive Tunisian elite division diadem. In Africa, he is expected to lead the line in his side’s bid to defend their Champions League title. Anice Badri’s last-gasp effort handed Esperance a 1-1 draw at Horoya, and they host Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum in their next outing on Friday.

Former Champions League winners set to snap up Kano Pillars player

Nigeria international Junior Lokosa has arrived in the Tunisian capital Tunis for transfer talks with current African champions Esperance. If negotiations are fruitful, the striker will pen a contract with effect from January without him undergoing trials, according to the agent brokering the deal Mahmoud Ouadden. Lokosa arrived in Tunis on January 12 and is being accommodated in a hotel pending the outcome of negotiations. The 25-year-old previously tried his luck with PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), SK Brann (Norway) and Heilongjiang Lava Spring FC (China) but nothing came out of it.
Image result for lokosaMadam Florence Lokosa is already enjoying the limelight. Her son, Junior Lokosa who is a footballer was celebrated in Lagos last year as he was crowned the goal king of 2017/18 season . He got a giant trophy, the Eunisel Boot and a cash prize of N3.8m courtesy the energy giants, Eunisel.
Related imageSitting at the centre table and watching the unfolding glitz and razzmatazz at the Radisson Blu, where the event held last year, Madam Lokosa was evidently happy that her son was beginning to achieve what he had set out for himself: to play football to the highest level and win laurels. From the foregoing, Florence Lokosa, a mother of four sons and a daughter, had dreamt of producing lawyers, doctors or other professionals of highly respected professions. And when she sent her son, Junior Lokosa to school, she did not expect the lad would engage in any extracurricular activity outside his books. What she expected of him was to read, read and read. After classes, she wanted her boy to come straight home.
Image result for lokosaTo her surprise, other kids would return but not Junior. He would return long after the other kids. He would return with ruffled, dirty and dust-caked school uniform .  And she would bark at her son, “Where are you coming from?” The answer was always predictable. “We were out in the field, playing football,” Junior would offer, to his angry mother. “I would flog the hell out of him,” she recalled.
Related imageThe Kano Pillars frontman was named in Nigeria’s 30-man provisional World Cup roster and made his international debut against Democratic Republic of Congo in May 2018. Last season, Lokosa scored a phenomenal 19 goals in 23 matches to finish as top scorer in the Nigerian Professional Football League.

AS USUAL! Heartland starts new season in relegation waters

Kano Pillars got their 2018/19 campaign in the Nigeria Professional Football League ‎underway with a 1-0 win over visiting Heartland FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday. Pillars started the game on the front foot with Nyima Nwagua forcing Heartland shot-stopper Ebele Obi into an early save less than a minute into the game ‎after a fine run from Auwal Ali Adamu.

Heartland failed to settle into the game unlike their hosts who had lot of possession with the trio of Nzube Anaezemba, Rabiu Ali and Hillary Ikenna dictating the pace. It wasn’t long before Pillars got the goal their fine start to the game deserved with Samuel Chinedu on hand to head home a weak punch from Obi from what looked like a harmless cross from Ifeanyi Nweke.

The pressure forced Obi into another error but with the net at his mercy Anaezemba ‎failed to keep his effort low few minutes after Adamu Hassan scoffed a chance to increase the lead for his side despite using his pace to leave his markers in their wake. Another solid run from Nweke ended with the defender delivering a cross which captain Rabiu Ali couldn’t direct on goal under no pressure from the defenders of Heartland.

The half ended with Pillars failing to extend their lead much to the dismay of the home fans in the almost filled to capacity stadium. Few minutes after the restart Obinna Ajoku used his quick feet to ease past Nweke but his low cross was safely gathered by Danladi Isah in goal for Kano Pillars. Ajoku thought he had levelled scores for his team when he headed home a cross from Uche Oguchi but the flag had gone up for offside play by the right back before he delivered the cross.
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Despite Heartland having a better start to the second half, it was Pillars that looked the more threatening in attack ‎with the trio of Nwagua, Anaezemba and Hassan coming close. What looked like a definite own goal by Uche Osia was parried to safety by Obi who was also on hand to deny Nwagua at point blank range to keep scores at 1-0 in favour of Pillars at the blast of the final whistle.

GOOD NEWS as two Nigeria players escape death during auto crash in Kano

Death was averted yesterday when two Kano Pillars players Yaro Bature and Sikiru Kamal on Wednesday escaped death after their Toyota Camry car caught fire after veering off the road in Kano. The two players were returning to Kano from Jos when the accident happened. The former Nasarawa United midfielder disclosed to news men that they had reached Kano around 2pm when they encountered a stationary vehicle in the middle of the road.They however escaped with minimal injuries.

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“We were returning from Jos and Kamal was the one driving. There had been no incident till we got into Kano – I don’t know the name of the road. It was a two-lane road. We suddenly encountered a vehicle in the middle of the road and as Kamal swerved to avoid it, the car skidded off the road. By the time it landed, it caught fire but we managed to get out of it before the fire escalated. We sustained some injuries but we are grateful to God for sparing our lives in this New Year,” he said.

Related imageIt is not the first time Pillars players will be victims of road mishaps. In February 2018, a former defender of the Sai Masu Gida Chinedu Udoji lost his life in a road crash in Kano. The former Enyimba captain was on his way to his house after visiting his former teammates when his car crashed after running into a road median.

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See How Kano Pillars Players Reacted To Ex Manager’s Return

Kano Pillars players and team management have reacted to the come back of ex-manager Ibrahim Musa. The Sai Masu Gidan boys have strongly kicked against plans of bringing back by force the just-left former head coach of Kano pillars coach Ibrahim  Musa by the Kano State Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum.
It’s is known that the contract of the former coach had expired at the end of last season and wasn’t renewed as the assistant coach, coach Balera was immediately declared the interim coach of the club.
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Coach Musa who got his chance as a head coach failed to win a single trophy, while also fighting everybody on this team from players to top management officials during his reign. When the players met with Kano State Deputy Governor Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who is also the president of the YSFON. They blatantly made their position known in regard to the matter to the Deputy Governor.
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One of the players said that: the Speaker is behind plans to have ‘Jugnu’ (coach Musa) back as Kano Pillars head coach because he was his coach during his own football playing days. His contract has ended and someone else should also get his chance to lead Pillars. The player said. He further said,  You can’t mix politics with the technical aspects of football,” another player added. The management should be allowed to appoint the coach they believe will lead Pillars to glory and not to be told by politicians how to do their job.
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The Club has been facing different issues recently, concerning the technical aspect the team is set to solve an ongoing issue related to ex-goal stopper who has dragged the team to court as a result of been accused of accepting a bribe to see the team lose the 2018 CAF Aieto Cup final.
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How 2 Nigerian footballers escaped death hours into the new year

Two Kano Pillars players Yaro Bature and Sikiru Kamal on Wednesday escaped death when their Toyota Camry car caught fire after veering off the road in Kano. According to Bature, the two players were returning to Kano from Jos when the accident happened.

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The former Nasarawa United midfielder said that they had reached Kano around 2pm when they encountered a stationary vehicle in the middle of the road. They however escaped with minimal injuries. “We were returning from Jos and Kamal was the one driving. There had been no incident till we got into Kano – I don’t know the name of the road. It was a two-lane road,” Bature said.

He added: “We suddenly encountered a vehicle in the middle of the road and as Kamal swerved to avoid it, the car skidded off the road. By the time it landed, it caught fire but we managed to get out of it before the fire escalated. We sustained some injuries but we are grateful to God for sparing our lives in this New Year.”

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It is not the first time Pillars players will be victims of road mishaps. In February 2018, a former defender of the Sai Masu Gida, Chinedu Udoji, lost his life in a road crash in Kano. The former Enyimba captain was on his way to his house after visiting his former teammates when his car crashed after running into a road median.

Shocking! See How Two Super Eagles Players Escapes Motor Accident

Kano Pillars duo Yaro Babatunde and Sikiru Kamal Miraculously escaped death when their Toyota Camry car caught fire after veering off the road in Kano as early as 2 pm on Wednesday morning

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According to Bature, the two players were returning to Kano from Jos when the accident happened. The former Nasarawa United midfielder told our correspondent that they had reached Kano around 2 pm when they encountered a stationary vehicle in the middle of the road. They, however, escaped with minimal injuries. “We were returning from Jos and Kamal was the one driving. There had been no incident till we got into Kano – I don’t know the name of the road. It was a two-lane road,” Bature told our correspondent.

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“We suddenly encountered a vehicle in the middle of the road and as Kamal swerved to avoid it, the car skidded off the road. By the time it landed, it caught fire but we managed to get out of it before the fire escalated. We sustained some injuries but we are grateful to God for sparing our lives in this New Year.”

NPFL: Pillars stars Bature, Sikiru, escape death in auto crash

It is not the first time Pillars players will be victims of road mishaps. In February 2018, a former defender of the Sai Masu Gida Chinedu Udoji lost his life in a road crash in Kano. The former Enyimba captain was on his way to his house after visiting his former teammates when his car crashed after running into a road median.

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Players are often involved in a road accident, which has seen a number of NPFL players Lost their lives on different occasions. players are therefore needed to be warned against Night and reckless driving.

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Shocking! See who is taking Kano Pillars to court over match-fixing

Former Kano Pillars goalkeeper David Obiozo has taken his former side to court after he was accused by former coach Ibrahim A. Musa of fixing the 2018 Aiteo Cup final game between Enugu Rangers and Pillars. The allegations forced the former El Kanemi Warriors shot stopper to quit Pillars and join Plateau United in the closed season. Kano Pillars Spokesman, Idris Malikawa, however denied yesterday that the Sai Masu Gida have received any correspondence from Obiozo’s lawyers.

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“We are yet to receive any correspondence from lawyers representing Obiozo,” Malikawa told SCORENigeria yesterday. However, lawyers acting on behalf of Obiozo have insisted they have contacted the NPFL club in this regard. They stated that the allegations have seriously damaged the person, reputation and integrity of the player, who was very professional in the discharge of his duties at Kano Pillars.

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Pillars were winning the AITEO Federation Cup final 3-0 with just about 20 minutes left on the clock only for Rangers to fight back and win on penalties after they forced a 3-3 draw by full time. Shocked Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa then went on several Kano radio stations to accuse Obiozo and some other players of the club from the South-eastern part of the country for throwing away the cup final in favour of Rangers.

Obiozo, Kano Pillars Lands In Court Over Match Fixing Scandal

Goalkeeper David Obiozo has dragged former club Kano Pillars to court over bribe scandal, after coach Ibrahim A. Musa’s allegation that he was one of the players bribed by Enugu Rangers for the Kano team to lose the 2018 Aiteo Cup Final.

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Enugu Rangers came from a 3-0 defeat to secure a draw in the final match which led both teams to extra time and then penalties, where Kano Pillars secured the position of a runner-up in the 2018 CAF Aieto Cup finals.

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The allegations forced the former El Kanemi Warriors shot-stopper to quit Pillars and join Plateau United closer to the end of the season. However, Kano Pillars Spokesman, Idris Malikawa, denied yesterday that the Sai Masu Gida have received any correspondence from Obiozo’s lawyers.

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“We are yet to receive any correspondence from lawyers representing Obiozo,” Malikawa told SCORENigeria yesterday.

However, lawyers acting on behalf of Obiozo have insisted they have contacted the NPFL club in this regard. They stated that the allegations have seriously damaged the person, reputation and integrity of the player, who was very professional in the discharge of his duties at Kano Pillars. Shocked Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa then went on several Kano radio stations to accuse Obiozo and some other players of the club from the South-eastern part of the country for throwing away the cup final in favour of Rangers.

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After the case, Kano Pillars will have to make use of the transfer window to get back the team on track, as they prepare for the new NPFL season ahead. issues like are prone to happen, and also expected to take measures against defaulters. which is under the Football Governing law in Nigeria. fans of Kano Pillars are set to get feedback from the current situation, what do you think the management should offer the defaulter concerning his issue? let’s have your thoughts on this

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