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Musa sheds light on ‘ambitious’ Fatih Karagumruk move
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Musa sheds light on ‘ambitious’ Fatih Karagumruk move

The 28-year-old will be play in the Turkish Super Lig next season after spending the last three months at Kano Pillars Former Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa said he joined Fatih Karagumruk on a permanent deal because of their philosophy and ambition. The Nigeria captain completed a free transfer to the Istanbul club on Thursday and he penned a two-year contract with the option of an additional year. The move ended Musa’s brief stay in the Nigeria Professional Football League where he has been maintaining his fitness at Kano Pillars.
Ahmed Musa leaves Kano Pillars to join new club
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Ahmed Musa leaves Kano Pillars to join new club

  Ahmed Musa has left Kano Pillars and is set to sign for Turkish side, Fatih Karagumruk, according to Skorer. The Super Eagles skipper will join as a free agent. Fatih Karagumruk are also based in Istanbul and are yet to win any major trophy in their history. Musa has spent the last few weeks playing for Kano Pillars and provided one assist in nine appearances. The winger signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), with a clause that he could leave if he gets an offer from abroad. Musa is expected to arrive in Turkey in the coming days to complete the transfer.
I am always in tears’ – Ex-Super Eagles player Chukunyere reveals how he battled depression
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I am always in tears’ – Ex-Super Eagles player Chukunyere reveals how he battled depression

The former Kano Pillars and Hibernians striker has opened up on his battle with depression after injury cost his career Former Nigeria international Ndubisi Chukunyere says he went into depression after he was forced to quit football due to persistent injury worries. The retired striker suffered a knock on his knee during his time at Nigeria Professional Football League side Kano Pillars in 1993. Despite playing with the injury when it was not yet completely healed, the Nigerian kept putting up impressive performances – which earned him a move to Malta top-flight side, Hibernians in 1997.
Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja
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Aiteo Cup: Kano Pillars outsmart, knock out Smart City in Lokoja

  Kano Pillars on Wednesday eliminated Smart City FC from the 2021 Aiteo Cup after emerging 4-2 winners to move to the next round of the competition. The game, which was played at the Lokoja Confluence Stadium, saw Kano Pillars leading two goals in the first half. The Kano-based club added another goal in the early stage of the second half through a wonderful volley. Smart City came back into the game to reduce the goal deficit by scoring two quick goals. The Aiteo Cup defending champions sealed their victory two minutes from time through a counter-attack after wasteful Smart City failed to convert their chances to level the game. Speaking shortly after the game, the Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Musa, praised his players for their resilience in beat...
Ubong Ekpai: Slavia Prague sign Nigerian from Viktoria Plzen
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Ubong Ekpai: Slavia Prague sign Nigerian from Viktoria Plzen

The reigning Czech First League champions have confirmed the signing of former Akwa United and Kano Pillars midfielder Ubong Ekpai has joined Czech First League giants Slavia Prague from Viktoria Plzen. The 25-year-old midfielder teamed up with the Red and Whites after completing a two-season loan stint at Ceske Budejovice. Ekpai has been handed a three-year contract that will keep him at the Sinobo Stadium until 2024.
Rohr drops Ahmed Musa from squad to face Mexico
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Rohr drops Ahmed Musa from squad to face Mexico

Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, is the biggest absentee from Gernot Rohr’s squad for next month’s international friendly with Mexico in the US. Heartland goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, has however been recalled to the team. Ezenwa’s last call-up for Nigeria was in October 2019, as they drew 1-1 with Brazil. The Super Eagles’ friendly against the Tricolor will take place on July 3 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. However, Nigeria will be parading only Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) stars. Even though Musa now plays for Kano Pillars, he has not been invited. Others invited for the clash against Mexico are Enyimba goalkeeper John Noble, Rivers United’s Ifeanyi Anaemena, Enugu Rangers’ Ibrahim Olawoyin and Kwara United’s Stephen Jude. The invited players ar...
Ahmed Musa Expresses his Disappointment over Crowd Troubles in the Nigeria Professional Football League
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Ahmed Musa Expresses his Disappointment over Crowd Troubles in the Nigeria Professional Football League

Super Eagles captain and Kano Pillars striker, Ahmed Musa, has expressed his disappointment over crowd troubles in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The NPFL match-day 27 match between Kano Pillars and Akwa United was disrupted at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, when fans of both clubs stormed the pitch on Saturday. In a lengthy post, the 28-year-old Super Eagles captain praised match officials and told organizers of the season league needs to do better to help the league grow. He also urged fans to conduct themselves during games at the stadiums so that players who would like to return from Europe and add value to the domestic league. The statement read: “It is disheartening to write this but unfortunately, it has to be said. In a bid to be patriotic or re...
Akwa United coach Boboye explains walk-off incident against Kano Pillars
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Akwa United coach Boboye explains walk-off incident against Kano Pillars

Sunday's league match in Kaduna was abandoned due to pitch invasion but it was concluded on Monday morning Akwa United coach Kennedy Boboye has explained the situation that led to the abandonment of their Nigeria Professional Football League encounter against Kano Pillars on Sunday evening. The former Super Eagles assistant coach disclosed that fans invaded the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in an attempt to beat the referee and his assistant after they ruled out a goal scored by Nwagua Nyiwa for Sai Masu Gida in the closing stages of the match. The pitch invasion forced both teams to walk off the pitch as they sought safety in the dressing room.
Ahmed Musa Bags assist on NPFL Return
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Ahmed Musa Bags assist on NPFL Return

  Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, marked his Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) return with an assist, as Kano Pillars beat Adamawa United 1-0 on Sunday. Musa was missing as Sai Masu Gida drew 1-1 at Warri Wolves last time out. However, he started against Adamawa United and set up Rabiu Ali for the only goal. Following this win, the four-time Nigerian champions remained second on the NPFL log with 40 points from 21 matches in the 2020/2021 campaign. Akwa United stay top thanks to their 2-0 victory over cross-city rivals Dakkada FC. Musa could be handed his second start when Kano Pillars take on Katsina United in their next game on May 23.
Ahmed Musa Begins Training With Kano Pillars Teammates
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Ahmed Musa Begins Training With Kano Pillars Teammates

After the initial back and forth about whether Kano Pillars had an ideal unveiling ceremony or not for their mercurial signing, Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles captain has now settled down to work with the club. On Monday, Musa trained for the first time with his new teammates, the majority of whom were not yet at Pillars when he played for the club almost a decade ago Musa was presented to the technical crew and the players by the Kano Pillars board led by Surajo Shuaibu Yahaya Jambul before the commencement of the training on Monday. Signed on a short deal for the second stanza of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Musa has already made known his intention to help Pillars who are four-time champions win the League title again. “I left Pillars over 10-years ago without...
Musa To Play For Free At Kano Pillars – Dikko
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Musa To Play For Free At Kano Pillars – Dikko

The Chairman of League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko revealed Ahmed Musa won’t be getting paid by his new employer Kano Pillars. Dikko made the revelations while speaking on the benefits of the return of the Nigerian captain back to the Nigeria professional football league. Recalled that Musa, 28, signed a short-term deal with Kano Pillars to end his five-month stay without a club. Musa’s return was facilitated by the League Management Company under the Elite Players Program and speaking about the deal, Dikko told ESPN Musa is not interested in salaries, but he just wants to give back to the people. “We didn’t speak much about it. Musa is someone who is more concerned about giving back to the club that made him and he is not coming here to do this for money. He is ...
Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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Rohr reacts as Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

  Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, is pleased with Ahmed Musa’s decision to rejoin Kano Pillars. Musa, this week, signed a short-term deal with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side. However, the winger is expected to leave if he receives offers from Europe. Musa has not had a club since he left Saudi Arabia Professional League side Al Shabab in October. He almost joined Premier League side, West Bromwich Albion back in January, but the deal collapsed due to his wage demand. “I am very happy for Ahmed Musa to be able to play again with his old club of Kano Pillars,” Rohr told journalists.
Governor Ganduje To Unveil Ahmed Musa As Latest Kano Pillars Signing
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Governor Ganduje To Unveil Ahmed Musa As Latest Kano Pillars Signing

Governor Ganduje of Kano state is set to unveil captain of the Super Eagles Ahmed Musa as Kano Pillars latest signing. Musa started his football career with JUTH FC and subsequently loaned to Kano Pillars before sealing a deal with Dutch side VVV-Venlo at 17 years of age In a tweet via their official handle on Wednesday, Kano Pillars confirmed the unveiling of the star will be done by the state governor before the second half of the league season. “Kano State Governor, @GovUmarGanduje to unveils @Ahmedmusa718 before the commencement of the@LMCNPFL second stanza,” the tweet read. The statement went further to say “Free agent Ahmed Musa has agreed to a contract until the end of the Nigerian league season in June.” The four-time Nigerian champions expressed their joy at ...
Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa
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Why I Returned To Kano Pillars – Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa has disclosed why he decided to rejoin his former club Kano Pillars. On Tuesday Kano Pillars confirmed that Musa has rejoined them having signed a deal until the end of the season. Musa’s agreement includes a clause that allows him to leave when and if he can find a club in Europe. He joins as an Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) elite player with the aim of boosting their image as well as helping Musa maintain his fitness as he continues his search for a European club. The 28-year-old, who is a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr in October, had received offers from England, Russia and Turkey. Speaking on the move, the former Leicester, CSKA forward told BBC Sport Africa “Anything that improves the image of Nige...
Ahmed Musa: Bashir Ahmad, Shehu Sani react as Super Eagles captain joins Kano Pillars
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Ahmed Musa: Bashir Ahmad, Shehu Sani react as Super Eagles captain joins Kano Pillars

  Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, has described Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa’s move to Kano Pillars as a ‘smart’ one. Kano Pillars had on Tuesday officially confirmed the signing of Ahmed Musa. Musa signed a deal with Kano Pillars until the end of the season. The 28-year-old previously played for the Kano club in 2009 and finished as the NPFL’s top scorer with 18 goals. The winger has been without a club since he left Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia last year and almost joined West Brom this year. Reacting, Ahmad, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, welcomed the former Leicester City star back to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL. He wrote, “Kano @PillarsFC have agreed to sign its former player and Super Ea...
DONE DEAL: Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars
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DONE DEAL: Ahmed Musa Joins Kano Pillars

The Super Eagles captain is back at the Sani Abacha Stadium for the remainder of the season after leaving the Saudi Arabia Pro League Ex-Leicester City, CSKA Moscow and Nigeria international Ahmed Musa has rejoined Kano Pillars for a second stint, the club confirmed on Tuesday. Musa has been a free agent since parting ways with Saudi Pro League side Al Nassr on October 25, 2020. And at 28 he has returned to the Sani Abacha Stadium after agreeing on a short-time contract with the Nigeria Professional Football League outfit. “Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has sensationally returned to Kano Pillars FC for the remainder of the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL),” a statement from the Kano Pillars website read. “Musa previously played for the Pride...
Ahmed Musa In Shock Move To Kano Pillars After Failing To Find Foreign Club
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Ahmed Musa In Shock Move To Kano Pillars After Failing To Find Foreign Club

The captain of the Nigerian national team, Ahmed Musa, is set to return to Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano Pillars, according to ACL Sports. The 28-year-old is set to join Pillars on a flexible short-term deal, as he is yet to land a foreign team. It is understood the transfer is practically completed and only a few details are left to iron out. Musa has remained without a club since he left Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia in October. However, a return to Pillars could rejuvenate his career. Musa spent three years playing for the Kano club, before his first European sojourn in VVV-Venlo.
Primate Ayodele Foresees Results of Nigeria vs Benin Republic, Lesotho, Sack of Juventus Manager, Others
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Primate Ayodele Foresees Results of Nigeria vs Benin Republic, Lesotho, Sack of Juventus Manager, Others

  The leader of INRI Evangelical spiritual church, Primate Elijah Ayodele says that God has revealed to him, results of upcoming qualifying matches between Nigeria and Benin Republic and Lesotho. He also predicted that Italian champions, Juventus, English side, Crystal Palace, Enyimba of Aba, among others, will sack their coaches. Ayodele also warned the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick against resigning from the position. He says that the Super Eagles will reach the quarter final of the next FIFA World Cup “if Pinnick remains as the president.” “The lord says he shouldn’t resign his position as the President, with him as the President of NFF, Super Eagles will thrive and get to the quarter final in the world cup. He should wait till ...
Kano Pillars Declare Defender, Sunday Chinedu Missing
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Kano Pillars Declare Defender, Sunday Chinedu Missing

Kano Pillars FC has declared that their Defender, Sunday Chinedu has went missing from the club for the past two weeks now. Chairman of the club, Alhaji Surajo Shaaibu Yahaya Jambul said Sunday Chinedu was missing in the club camp for the past two weeks without any reason. According to the chairman, Sunday Chinedu was permitted by the technical adviser of the club, Emmanuel Lionel Soccoia to see his family for medical reason on 28th December, 2020 for four days and he was given leave after the Sai Masu Gida’s Match Day One away to Adamawa Utd at the Pantami stadium. Alhaji Surajo Shaaibu said since then, nobody know the whereabout of the player and has never communicated to anybody at the club. The club has now given him between now to the next three days to report back to ...
Caf Champions League: Asante Kotoko 2-0 Kano Pillars (Agg: 4-3): Porcupines dispatch Masu Gida
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Caf Champions League: Asante Kotoko 2-0 Kano Pillars (Agg: 4-3): Porcupines dispatch Masu Gida

The Ghanaian champions have booked a place in the next round of the continental inter-club showpiece, thanks to a home win on Sunday Ghanaian club Asante Kotoko proved too strong for Nigerian outfit Kano Pillars in the Caf Champions League as a 2-0 home win was enough to earn the Porcupine Warriors qualification to the next round of the competition. An early Matthew Kelvin Andoh strike and an Emmanuel Gyamfi second-half effort ultimately proved decisive in the preliminary round second leg fixture at Kumasi's Baba Yara Sports. With the first leg ending 3-2 in favour of the Nigerians, Kotoko qualify for the first round on a 4-3 aggregate, earning a chance to face Tunisia's Etoile Sahel in the next phase.
Kano Pillars fans on rampage again despite victory over Niger Tornadoes
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Kano Pillars fans on rampage again despite victory over Niger Tornadoes

Security officials had a hard time curtailing ugly incidents of fan violence after Sunday’s Cup final in Kaduna Ugly scenes greeted the 2019 Federation Cup final at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, where Kano Pillars defeated Niger Tornadoes 4-3 on penalties on Sunday. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), security officials had to resort to the use of teargas to disperse rampaging Kano Pillars fans after their team’s victory. The teargas used by the security officials led to pandemonium, as many inside the stadium scampered for safety, including the dignitaries who were present.
Caf Champions League: Kotoko preparations advanced for Kano Pillars showdown
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Caf Champions League: Kotoko preparations advanced for Kano Pillars showdown

Kennedy Boakye Ansah speaks on the August 10 encounter with the Nigerian fold in the continental inter-club championship Asante Kotoko public relations officer Kennedy Boakye Ansah believes the club are on the right path to get into top shape for their upcoming Caf Champions League clash with Kano Pillars of Nigeria. The Porcupine Warriors are set to face Masu Gida in the preliminary first round, the first leg slated for August 10 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. "Preparations are far advance ahead of our Champions League game against Kano Pillars," Boakye Ansah told AshhFM
Enyimba Are Champions Of The NPFL 2018/2019 Season
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Enyimba Are Champions Of The NPFL 2018/2019 Season

Enyimba 3-0 Akwa United ⚽ Bala 43', Dimgba 60', Abdulrahaman 89' *NPFL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFF FINAL TABLE* # TEAMS P W D L GF GA D PTS 1 Enyimba 5 4 0 1 10 4 +6 12 2 Kano P 5 3 2 0 8 4 +4 11 3 Rangers 5 2 2 1 10 8 +2 8 4 Akwa Utd 5 1 3 1 7 9 -2 6 5 Lobi 5 1 1 3 5 7 -2 4 6 Ifeanyi U 5 0 0 5 6 14 -10 0 Enyimba: League Champion + CAF Champions League Kano Pillars: CAF Champions League Enugu Rangers: CAF Confederation Cup
NPFL: Kano Pillars fined N8M, banned Rabiu Ali for 12 games
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NPFL: Kano Pillars fined N8M, banned Rabiu Ali for 12 games

The League Management Company (LMC) has banned Kano Pillars skipper Rabiu Ali for 12 games after he attacked the referee following his team’s 1-1 draw with Enugu Rangers in the NPFL Championship Playoffs at Agege Stadium. The 32-year-old attacker midfielder opens the score from the stunning free-kick but the Flying Antelope were awarded a controversial penalty in the dying moments of the contest and Godwin Aguda put it away. Kano Pillars captain Ali openly confronted the referee even after his teammates tried to discourage Nigeria international before irate fans of the northern base side invaded the Soccer Temple pitch. His club defended his action, arguing that he has been a disciplined player in his long and illustrious career. Pillars have also been fined eight million N...
Eight Clubs Relegated from Nigeria Elite league to NNL
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Eight Clubs Relegated from Nigeria Elite league to NNL

On Sunday, it was battle royal for clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League as 17 teams struggled to make it past the relegation zone. With the final rounds of match day 22 of the elite league concluded Sunday evening, eight clubs have been kicked out of the NPFL. The clubs, which have been relegated to the Nigeria National League, NNL, are Remo Stars, El-Kanemi Warriors, Bendel Insurance and Gombe United. Others are: Niger Tornadoes, Kwara United, Go Round Fc and Yobe Desert Stars. Meanwhile, following their outstanding performance this season, Rangers International, cand Enyimba International emerged in the group A abridged version of the 2018/2019 NPFL for the Super Six while Akwa United, Kano Pillars and FC Ifeanyi Ubah completed the remaining...
Yobe Desert Stars Relegated as they Lose to Nasarawa United 1-2
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Yobe Desert Stars Relegated as they Lose to Nasarawa United 1-2

Yobe Desert Stars have bade farewell to the Nigerian Professional Football League following a home loss to Nasarawa United in the last match of the season held this evening in Damaturu. Nasarawa United’s forward, Ibrahim Sunusi converted a penalty at exactly 12 minutes of the first half following a foul committed by Desert’s defender at the eighteen-yard box. Again at 40 minutes, Sunusi’s perfect strike saw the visiting team leading by two goals to nothing. However, Desert’s striker, Adamu Ali changed the scoreline to 1-2 with an astonishing header few minutes to end of the first 45 minutes of the regulation time. The match ended in favour of Nasarawa United, who were desperately looking for three points in order leave the relegation zone. I...
Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day
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Clubs Battle Play-off spots, Relegation in Final Match day

The abridged version of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, will on Sunday come to an end. As it stands on the NPFL 2018/2019 league table, the last match day would either impact on the playoff aspirations or survival of all the teams in action. The final round of matches which will be action packed, as it will feature teams across 12 designated stadia in the country as they slug it out to make the Super Six play-off spots as well as others that will be engaging in survival battle to avoid relegation. With 17 teams still at risk of dropping down to the Nigeria National League, NNL, if they fail to get the desired results, the trio of Akwa United, Kano Pillars and seven-time champions Rangers have secured their places in the Super Six as they await others whose fate...
Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars
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Musa Wants to Win NPFL 2019 Season with Kano Pillars

Kano Pillars Head Coach, Ibrahim Musa has said that he accepted to rejoin the club to prove his critics wrong. Musa was sacked immediately after the 2018 Aiteo Cup defeat to Rangers International during which Pillars surrendered a three-goals lead to eventually lose in the penalty shootout. Musa who later rejoined the team on Match Day 4 of this season insisted that he decided to return to the club to win the league and prove his critics wrong. “I want to prove my critics wrong this season by winning the league with Kano Pillars. We are on the right track by God’s grace, we want to be part of the three teams to make it to the continent this season and as well the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ‘Super Six’ in our group”, Musa declared “I am focusing on winning...
Nigerian Footballer Slumps, Dies During A Prematch Warmup
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Nigerian Footballer Slumps, Dies During A Prematch Warmup

Promising Nigerian footballer, Dominic Dukudod, is dead, sports journalist, Niyi Busari, reveals. The ex Kano Pillars player slumped and died, on Thursday, while warming up before a friendly match between Abuja United and Nasarawa United at the Lafia township stadium, Nasarawa state.
Rangers Players Storm Mbaka Church To Thank God For Helping Them Win Kano Pillar
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Rangers Players Storm Mbaka Church To Thank God For Helping Them Win Kano Pillar

Enugu Rangers players on Sunday stormed Father Mbaka's Adoration Ministry to thank God for winning 2018 Aiteo Cup. It should be recalled that Enugu Rangers defeated Kano Pillars 4-2 on penalties, after a 3-3 draw at full time.Rangers came from 3-0 down in 2nd half to win the match.Before the match,Father Mbaka anointed them and prophesied that they will come back with the cup.Speaking on Sunday,Father Mbaka recalled the song he used in anointing them titled 'Nduru na eme mma,oke Nduru na eme mma' meaning that when the Holy Spirit(dove) falls on you,you begin to score impossible goals.The game was played at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Robbed In Asaba
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Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr Robbed In Asaba

Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr was at the receiving end of the wrath of pick pockets at the end of the Aiteo Cup Final between Enugu Rangers and Kano Pillars. The Enugu side came from three goals down to draw 3-3 before finally winning 4-3 on penalties much to the dismay of fans of Kano based side Kano Pillars who were 17 minutes away from becoming champions. Rohr watched the game live at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State Nigeria and according to the coach his pocket was picked on his way out of the stadium as various people make their way out after the game. Valuables like his smartphone and immigration documents were among the items picked from the Franco-German coach ‎and he has pleaded with whoever is behind it to return them as a handsome r...
Enugu Rangers Beat Kano Pillars 4-2 On Penalties To Win 2018 Aiteo Cup Title
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Enugu Rangers Beat Kano Pillars 4-2 On Penalties To Win 2018 Aiteo Cup Title

Enugu Rangers beat Kano Pillars 4-2 on penalties, after a 3-3 draw at full time in the final of the 2018 Aiteo Cup played on Wednesday, October 24. Kano Pillars beat Katsina United , while Rangers beat Akwa United as both sides booked their places in the final. The game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state started at a high tempo with Kan Pillars taking the lead as early as the fifth minute when veteran Rabiu Ali fired in a ball through to him by Nwagua into the net. One goal became two as Ibrahim Alassan's corner kick is pushed in by Rangers goalkeeper Femi Thomas in the 20th minute. The first half ended 2-0 to Kano Pillars at Rangers went into the halftime break with a mountain to climb. Two goals became three at the start of the second half as Nyima Nwag...
Rangers v Pillars: Greatest Honour To Keshi —Aigbogun
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Rangers v Pillars: Greatest Honour To Keshi —Aigbogun

PAUL Aigbogun has described Wednesday’s Aiteo Cup final between Enugu Rangers and Kano Pillars as the best and perhaps toughest final in recent times. *Rangers v Pillars in league action Aigbogun who is Flying Eagles coach told Sporting Vanguard that 2018 Aiteo Cup final will be unique in many respects. “First, it will be an interesting and exciting final”, Aigbogun, a former Enyimba and Warri Wolves manager began in a most frank manner. “Rangers have lots of experienced players. They have huge motivation because for over 33years they have not won the cup despite playing in the finals in 2004 and 2007. “The same applies to Kano Pillars who have not won the cup in recent times. “Both teams have a lot to play for, pride, trophy and the continental ticket. “It will be very tou...
Aites Cup Finals: Gov Ugwuanyi Seeks Prayers, Support For Enugu Rangers FC
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Aites Cup Finals: Gov Ugwuanyi Seeks Prayers, Support For Enugu Rangers FC

As the Enugu Rangers International Football Club battles Kano Pillars of Kano State in this year’s NFF/AITEO Federation Cup finals in Asaba, Delta State capital on Wednesday, October 24, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has called on all enthusiastic fans of Rangers and indeed the Igbo nation, to offer special prayers for the club’s victory at the tournament. Gov. Ugwuanyi also appealed to residents of Enugu State and the entire South East geo-political zone, including traders in Onitsha, Enugu, Aba, Asaba, and others, to come out en masse at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, to cheer the Flying Antelopes to victory. The governor noted that Enugu Rangers is not just an iconic football club, but also a national brand and one of the oldest clubs in Nigeria that has remained in ...
Kano Pillars Fail To Go Top Of NPFL After Home Draw
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Kano Pillars Fail To Go Top Of NPFL After Home Draw

Kano Pillars blew the chance to go top of the NPFL after they could only force a 1-1 draw with Niger Tornadoes in a rescheduled game in Kano. They thus remained in second place on 21 points from 13 matches, two points short of leaders Lobi Stars. Andrew Ikefe stunned the Kano fans when he scored off a Babawo corner after just 19 minutes. Pillars drew level nine minutes from time courtesy of a penalty goal by NPFL leading scorer Junior Lokosa. It is his 11th goal of the campaign.  
Kano Pillars Defender Chinedu Udoji Feared Dead In Auto Crash
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Kano Pillars Defender Chinedu Udoji Feared Dead In Auto Crash

Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji died last night following a car accident inside Kano, various reports have said. No-nonsense central defender Udoji was Man of the Match in yesterday’s NPFL Week 9 match against his former club Enyimba, which ended in a 1-1 draw. An official said Udoji was heading back to the Pillars club house after he visited the hotel of Enyimba when he was involved in an accident which cost him his life.
NPFL: Fans Should Continue Supporting Plateau United – Kennedy Boboye
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NPFL: Fans Should Continue Supporting Plateau United – Kennedy Boboye

Plateau United coach Kennedy Boboye has urged fans to continue supporting the reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions. Junior Lokosa was the hero for Kano Pillars as he hit the back of the net twice as they secured a 2-0 win over Plateau in a league game at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Wednesday. “Our fans must continue to support us. We will keep on trying our best to ensure that we bring smiles back to their faces,” Boboye told Goal. “The result was not what we bargained for but we must dust ourselves up and think of what we must do to comeback. “Kano Pillars are a good side and they deserved their win. We will go back home and take stock of what we must do better next time.” United went on to beat Sunshine 5-0 in their next league game which w...
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Katsina United Hold Kano Pillars In New Season Opener

Home team Katsina United waited till the death to draw level 2-2 with Northwest rivals Kano Pillars in the opening game of the new NPFL season today. The host team needed a stoppage time penalty converted by Destiny Ashadi after teammate Mohammed Hussein failed to put away another spot kick seven minutes from full time. Pillars took the game to the home team from the first whistle and were deservedly rewarded on 34 minutes, when striker Junior Lokosa put them ahead from close range. However, Katsina United restored parity through a header by defender Chinedu Ajanah. That was after Pillars defender Victor Denis was sent off for a dangerous tackle. Pillars regained their lead through youngster Alhassan Ibrahim after 61 minutes, before Ashadi’s late penalty goal for Katsina Uni...
CHAN 2018: Nasarawa United Goalie Ayeleso Gets Late Call-up‎ To Home Eagles
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CHAN 2018: Nasarawa United Goalie Ayeleso Gets Late Call-up‎ To Home Eagles

Home-based Super Eagles coach, Salisu Yusuf, has handed a late call-up to Nasarawa United goalkeeper, Suraj Ayeleso, ahead of the 2018 African Nations Championship in Morocco, Completesportsnigeria.com. Ayeleso who has been one of the most consistent goalkeepers in the Nigeria Professional Football League in recent seasons, was a surprise omission from the initial 30-man list released by Yusuf. He kept the most clean sheets (16) in the NPFL last season. The goalie is now expected to vie for a spot in the team along with the three other goalkeepers; Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye and Theophilus Afelokhai who are already in the team’s camp in Abuja Yusuf has also handed late invitation to Plateau United forward, Tosin Omoyele, who impressed during the recently concluded NPFL Invitational...
Kanu Nwankwo Leads Other African Legends To Kano #Match4IDP
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Kanu Nwankwo Leads Other African Legends To Kano #Match4IDP

After leading notable African legends in a charity game for internally displaced person against Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), side Kano Pillars, Arsenal legend Kanu Nwankwo hailed the organizers of the game, which was coded Match-4-IDPs. Kanu who is well known for spearheading charity and volunteering courses around the world remarked that the Match-4-IDPs is an exceptional development and one of its kinds in Nigeria considering the extent of damage the crises and unrest in Nigeria has done, especially in the north. The former Super Eagles captain was present during the press conference and planning of the match alongside El-Hadji Diouf, and was also joined by Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Garba Lawal, Patrick Pascal, Benjamin Nwaneri, Fabian McCarty, Manu Garba and a ho...
Kano Pillars To Play African Legends In Charity Game December 14
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Kano Pillars To Play African Legends In Charity Game December 14

Nigeria Professional Football League outfit, Kano Pillars, are looking forward to hosting the team of African Legends in a charity game next month. The match which will take place at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, on December 14 is being organised to raise funds for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North-East part of Nigeria. Among the players expected to feature for the African legends are Lucas Radebe of south Africa, Daniel Amokachi, Mutiu Adepoju, Nwankwo Kanu and Senegalese star El- Hadji Diouf. Super Eagles forwards, Odion Ighalo and Brown Ideye have also confirmed their availability to participatile in the game. “It’s a good thing that we will be hosting this game and we are looking forward to playing against some of the great legends of the game in Africa,...
Ubong Ekpai Excited With Man Of The Match Award In Czech
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Ubong Ekpai Excited With Man Of The Match Award In Czech

Nigeria forward Ubong Ekpai has said he is delighted to score the winner for Zlin in a 1-0 win over Karvina and also be picked as the Man of the match. The lively forward scored the only goal of the game in the 65th minute, when he headed in a cross. “I am happy to win the game for my club, it was a tough game,” Ekpai said. “I thank God for the goal, I am so excited about it. “I was also named the man-of-the-match for my performance.” Former Kano Pillars and Akwa United star Ekpai has now scored two goals in three games this season.
Remo Stars Relegated As Plateau Defeat MFM
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Remo Stars Relegated As Plateau Defeat MFM

Remo Stars are confirmed for life in the Nigeria National League after they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Rivers United in their Matchday 34 encounter on Sunday. Bernard Ovoke weighed in with a lovely free kick to give Stanley Eguma’s men the lead in the 15th minute of the tie. Striker Emeka Ogbugh, then, doubled the lead for the Pride of Rivers twenty minutes after Ovoke’s opener. Esosa Igbinoba got the third for the visitors after he benefitted from a rebound. Salefu Oche, in the 88th minute, got a consolatory goal for Fatai Osho’s men, who will now play in the Nigerian second-tier next season. Meanwhile, as expected, Plateau United defeated title rival MFM Football Club of Lagos with a 1-0 victory to consolidate their leadership on the Nigeria Professional Fo...
NPFL: First Half Goals Down Rangers In Kano
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NPFL: First Half Goals Down Rangers In Kano

Kano Pillars Football Club on Sunday beat visiting Rangers International FC of Enugu 2-0 in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 29 fixture. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the home team took the advantage of being galvanised by their returning home crowd to do well in the game. They went on to dominate both halfs of the match played at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.‎ Jamiu Alimi scored the first goal in the 32nd minute as a result of a defensive error by the visitors, while Junior Lokosa increased the tally in the 43rd‎ minute.‎ Coach Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars later commended his players for their fighting spirit and for winning also. “It was a good match. We played very well and we are lucky to win the game because they also played ver...
Fans Ban Lifted For Kano Pillars Home Games
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Fans Ban Lifted For Kano Pillars Home Games

Fans will be allowed for Kano Pillars next two home games after they were banned for going on rampage during a game against Akwa United in the first round of the NPFL. The club were notified of the lifting of the ban through a letter by the League Management Company (LMC) Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, that the gates should be opened for their fans when Pillars welcome Enugu Rangers Sunday inside the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano. The decision by the LMC is for two matches and would enable the league organisers to ascertain the readiness of the fans to key into the drive for a free hooliganism match venues. According to Kano Pillars spokesman, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa, the directive was necessitated following the club’s ability to meet the conditions and requirements in res...
CHAN Qualifier: Eagles Coach Yusuf Selects 44 Players For Camping
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CHAN Qualifier: Eagles Coach Yusuf Selects 44 Players For Camping

Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has selected 44 players for camping as Nigeria gear up for the qualifiers of the 2018 CHAN Qualifier tie which will hold between August 11th and 20th later in the year. Nigeria drew bye in the first round of qualifiers but they will be in action in the second and final round of qualifiers where they are expected to take on the winner of the tie between Togo and Benin Republic. Former Kano Pillars coach Salisu Yusuf who has been put in charge of the team by Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr to tinker the team which is solely for players playing in the Nigeria Professional Football League. Yusuf who is still mourning the demise of his mother Hajiya Binta Yusuf revealed preparation for the competition will start after the Eid el Fitri celebrations wi...
LMC Slams FC Ifeanyi Ubah With N9 Million Fine, Suspends Referee Folusho Ajayi
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LMC Slams FC Ifeanyi Ubah With N9 Million Fine, Suspends Referee Folusho Ajayi

LMC slams FC Ifeanyi Ubah with accumulative fine of N9 million, suspends referee Folusho Ajayi from future NPFL games (See Full Jurisdiction Notice Served on FC IfeanyiUbah) 1) FC Ifeanyi Ubah have been charged for breaching the Framework & Rule of the #NPFL following their refusal to continue with the game vs Kano Pillars, prompting the game to be called off. 2) FC Ifeanyi Ubah are also charged for hindering & infringing on the fulfilment of the Broadcast Contract of the #NPFL in the course of refusing to continue the game vs Kano Pillars on Saturday. 3) FC Ifeanyiubah are also charged for conducting themselves in behaviour capable of bringing the #NPFL to disrepute & acting in a manner capable of causing serious security breach. 4) For refusing to continue the N...
Ifeanyi Ubah Abandon Opening Game Against Pillars
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Ifeanyi Ubah Abandon Opening Game Against Pillars

The 2017 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has got off to an inauspicious start after the opening match between Kano Pillars and FC Ifeanyiubah at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Saturday did not finish. Kano Pillars had forged ahead in the first-half after a strike from Gambo Mohammed, and in the second period, the players of FC Ifeanyiubah refused to continue the game following what they considered a contentious decision by referee Foluso Ajayi,SuperSport writes. Reigning Federation Cup champions FC Ifeanyiubah began the match sharper with Ngoma Luamba, Tamen Medrano, King Osanga and Aggreh combining well in the middle and causing all sorts of problems for their hosts. However, tension began to simmer before the break when the match referee, Ajayi sig...
Kano Pillars Sign Joseph Yobo
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Kano Pillars Sign Joseph Yobo

Joseph Yobo,35, has agreed to join Northern club, Kano Pillars after the NPFL club beat three other clubs to his signature. Alhaji Shehu Dikko, Chairman of the League Management Company, LMC, in an interview with Completesportsnigeria on Tuesday revealed that Kano Pillars is the club that appealed most to the footballer and can meet his demands. "Kano Pillars", Dikko replied when Completesportsnigeria.com asked him which club Yobo will eventually play for in his celebrated return to the Nigerian domestic top flight. When asked further on when Yobo will turn out for Kano Pillars, who have won four league titles, Dikko said; "For now, that is being worked out, but we're looking at the next (home) game," Dikko said on Tuesday during the unveiling of the LMC partnership deal with S...

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