Kano Pillars’ players and backroom staff have landed in Benin City, the Edo state capital for the final phase of their preparations ahead of the 2018 Aiteo Cup final against Rangers International FC of Enugu, naijafootballplus.com reports.
The team departed the Groundnut Pyramid City via a flight on Saturday and arrived the ancient City of Benin with plans of tunning up training before connecting another flight to Asaba for Wednesday’s final.
In an exclusive chat with ‘Naijafootballplus’ before the team’s departure, Technical Adviser of the team, Ibrahim Musa is in high spirit ahead of what could be a monumental achievement for him, the team and the City of Kano.
“Our training in the last one week has been tailored because there is only one thing left for us this season, which is the Aiteo Cup final.
“We came through a tough group against tough oppositions and we are in good shape ahead of the final with another giant opponent in Rangers.
“Personally, this is one glory I hope to land and I’m sure the boys are also ready to make the entire Kano proud by winning the title for the very first time.” Musa told naijafootballplus.com on Thursday after the team rounded up its training in Kano.
In the light of Musa’s optimism, before the team’s departure, the Kano state government boosted the team’s spirit by settling all outstanding wages and bonuses, totalling about seven million naira.
Kano Pillars, who haven’t won the oldest domestic cup before will be fired up against five times champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu who are also poised to follow their recent 2016 NPFL triumph with the rebranded Aiteo Cup.
The men’s final will take centre stage on Wednesday October 24, at the new Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.