Former Nigeria champions, Kano Pillars football club lost 3-2 carelessly in the hands of Abia Warriors football club in Okigwe Township Stadium Imo State on Saturday in matchday 34 in the ongoing 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional football league.
The homers take the early lead in the game at four minutes of play courtesy of their attacker Paul Samson’s goal and Ifeanyi Kelvin Eze equalized for the visiting side at 27th minutes of play after receiving a pass from Rabi’u Ali.
At 45 minutes, Emmanuel Onuh restored the confidence of the home team by scoring the second goal after A mixed-up positioning of Kano Pillars defenders.
The match went half-time break 2-1 in favor of Abia Warriors.
Immediately after the commencement of the second half, both sides redouble their efforts to see that they carry the day. In the 70 minutes of play, Godwin Obaje capitalized on the Pillars’ defensive error and scored the third goal which give them the maximum points in the match.
At 52 and 63 minutes of play the center referee, Lamido Ahmad from Yobe State showed yellow cards to Mark Daniel and Rabi’u Ali for holding the opponent and challenging the referee’s decision.
And at 81 minutes of play, Auwalu Ali Malam reduced the tally by scoring the second goal for Kano Pillars Fc after he intercepted a pass from Rabi’u Ali aka Pele outside the box.
In his post-match reaction, Kano Pillars football club Coach, Ahmad Garba Yaro Yaro said they lost the match carelessly because of some silly mistakes by his players.
“We didn’t need to lose this match because we played better than the home team but due to some unnecessary mistakes we lost it,” Coach Yaro Yaro said.
He said despite all the errors made by his players in the match, they deserved to be commended with the kind of fighting spirit they showed. He expressed confidence if they maintain the tempo no team would find it easy when they meet in the remaining matches.
Coach Yaro maintained that he is confident Kano Pillars football club would not go down to the relegation at the end of the season by God’s grace.
With this result, Kano Pillars football club is in the 18th position in the table with 39 points so far with an outstanding match against Dakkada football club which will be played on Wednesday 22 of June at Sani Abacha Stadium Kofar Mata, Kano.