Kano Pillars still mean business


Kano Pillars in training. Pic courtesy of naijaligue.blogspot.com
Twenty four hours after they were knocked from the CAF Champions League in its preliminary stage, the Kano State government scrapped its board for bringing shame to the people.

That is the passion that follows the game in that state.

Talking fan base, between Kano Pillars and Enyimba it will be a tough one trying to decide who has more fans nationwide, but there is no doubt whose are more passionate in its home ground.

Every single seat in the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano is filled up whenever Pillars play. And it does not matter if they are playing Enyimba, Rangers or Sunshine or if it is a lowly side like Wunti or Sir Akpoo Systems.

That is the Kano Pillars fan. They love their football, especially when it is Pillars playing.

They do not look for free tickets but a space in the stadium after paying and they do not just cheer their team after a goal is scored; their cheers cause their team to score.

It is said in Nigerian sporting cycles that the worst players in the world will do well at the Sani Abacha stadium, Kano with those fans behind them.


So what went wrong?

I remember speaking to former Kano Pillars head coach, Baba Ganaru in October 2013 on the penultimate match day of the last league season.

He told me that he was hopeful they would win the league and as soon as they do would announce a breaking news that would shock the world.

Of course he didn’t announce it the day they won the league, but he later made it known he was quitting to join Nasarawa United.

This happened in November 2013.

Rather than the board led by Abba Yola to start working on getting a new coach, they went to the media to educate Nigerians on how Ganaru was lying about joining Nasarawa United.

In fact, Abba Yola said he had spoken with the chairman of Nasarawa United who told him they had no plans to sign Ganaru.

You would ask, rather than getting is coach, why was Abba Yola bothered about where Ganaru was headed?

Then the rumour mills went awash with the news that Pillars were talking to former Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia yet nothing came out of that.

After Siasia, they were supposed to get a foreign coach and had actually spoken with two of them but nothing again came out of that.

Then, Pillars were to hire either of Kadiri Ikhana (who won the CAF Champions League with Enyimba in 2003) or Okey Emordi (Who won the CAF Champions League and Super Cup with Enyimba in 2004) and that dragged on and on into the Super 4 competition three weeks ago in Abuja and Pillars still had no coach.

Eventually, they announced Okey Emordi as Technical Adviser just three days to the first leg of their CAF Champions League game against AS Vita of Congo which they lost 3-1 away from home.


The new board

NEW board of directors and management committee of Kano Pillars Football club have been reconstituted by Kano state government.

The special adviser to the state governor on sports development, Alhaji Ahmad Shuaibu Gara stated this on Monday while briefing newsmen at the state Deputy Governor’s conference room.

According to him, the new board was reconstituted following the failure of the last board to meet the state government’s expectation.

Alhaji Gara further accused the last board of insubordination to the constituted authority, lack of accountability and prudent management of public resources as well as lack of cooperation and synergy among the members.

He said that another problem militating against the last board was the poor quality of technical officials.


The SA said that the new board of directors of the club include Arc. Ibrahim Haruna as chairman, Alhaji Garba Nuhu Danburan, vice chairman, Alhaji Aminu Dan Amo, Alhaji Lawan Adda’u, Alhaji Sabo Abdullahi Kofar Mata, Alhji Bashir Muazu, Alhaji Abubakar Naziru Aminu, Alhaji Kabiru Ali Dawaki, Alhaji Nasiru Garba Bichi and Alhaji Garba Umar to serve as members.

While the new management committee of the board are Alhaji Umar Babangida Muhmad as general manager, Kabiru Baleria, team manage, Salisu Yaro, general coordinator, Okey Emordi, technical adviser, Dr. Ibn Garba Idris, medical officer, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa, media officer, Muhammad I Abba, licensing officer, CSP Shuaibu Bello, chief security officer, Shehu Aliyu, finance officer, Habibu Zubairu, kit manager, Surajo Tudun Wada to serve as secretary.

However, the SA said that the state government has directed the state accountant general to provide N100million to the League Management Company as part of its guideline to all premier clubs.

Alhaji Gara said that the state government has approved the payment of all outstanding liability of the club with corporate affairs commission.


What next for Pillars?

With the pedigree of the club not in doubt, it will be okay to say Kano Pillars will return to the continent next season.

They have a unique fans base, quality players and determined owners.

Most of all they no longer have the distraction of the CAF Champions League and will stay fully focused.

With Okey Emordi as coach, they have an experienced manager who knows how to get clubs to the continent.

Beware of Kano, you Premier League clubs.  They will have to work on their road form though.



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