Kano Pillars Suffers First Home Defeat In 12 Years
Written by Taiwo Adediran on August 24, 2015
The reigning champions had already made their home ground an indomitable forte for 12 years. Kano Pillars had never lost a match before their home fans but an unheralded Nasarawa United broke the record in an intense week 25 encounter.
Pillars boast of the best record in the second half of the league with 10 points gained and the return of striker Gambo Mohammed, who has just recovered from gunshot wounds sustained in March, suggested that Pillars would have it good against the visiting Nasarawa team.
But that was not to be the case as Nasarawa United literally rewrote the history books with their master class performance.
It was Ex-Pillars forward, Munir Ubale, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the visitors.
Four minutes later, Yaro Bature who has just been invited to the Super Eagles doubled the Lafia team’s lead.
Though Kano Pillars skipper, Rabiu Ali, pulled a goal back in the 46th minute to make it 2-1, it was not enough to save the day for the reigning league champions.
Even with the introduction of Gambo Mohammed in the 67th minute for Eneji Otekpa, there was no escape route for the Kano team who watched helplessly as their invincibility finally ended on a sad note.
In other centres, there was a goals rush in Akure as Sunshine Stars whipped El-Kanemi Warriors 5-0.
The quartet of Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors, Kwara United and Warri Wolves all secured slim 1-0 home wins over the opponents. While the spoils were shared in Enugu and Uyo where Rangers played 1-1 with Dolphins and Akwa United played 2-2 with Giwa FC.