These are tough times for Kano Pillars football club. The four-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions had barely begun their match to restore glory days before watching their lots dwindling uncompromisingly. With only one win in their last five games, results haven’t been this bad for the Ibrahim Musa led team so far this season.
The best weeks were quick to depart Kano Pillars. Earlier on in the season, they recorded impressive away draws against Katsina United, El-Kanemi Warriors, Sunshine Stars and Enugu Rangers, but after the drab 2-0 win against Go Round FC, Pillars have gone three consecutive games without a win.
They fell flat by two goals to nothing in front of new boys Yobe Desert Stars in Damaturu and forced an uncompromising 1-1 draw against Niger Tornadoes at home before throwing away a goal advantage to eventually lose 2-1 against Kwara United in Ilorin.
Ironically, red hot goal poacher, Junior Looksa keeps scoring for the team and he’s up to 12 goals in 14 games but Masu Gida have dropped from first to third on the league table. They could still drop further if MFM, Enugu Rangers and Plateau United take advantage of their respective outstanding games.
And so what? Some teams have gone five games without a win! What’s the noise about going winless in just three matches? It’s special actually. This poor run of form; of arguably the most famous club in northern Nigeria is a ticking time bomb that could explode anytime. It’s needs urgent redress because other contenders are catching up fast and it did be more difficult to lead again.
So where did they take a wrong step? The blip is apparently due to some home draws Sai Masu Gida recorded and could also be attributed to the inability to win on away soil (which has become a norm in the Nigerian top flight). How about goals though? Yes, the ones they failed to score. Results have certainly gone their way this season but they’ve not been emphatic to make a bold statement on any occasion either.
They’ve managed to score two goals in five matches that they’ve won this term and also scored twice once on away soil against Katsina United. On the blip side, they’ve let it slip four times by scoring just once in games against Rivers United, Enyimba, Niger Tornadoes and Kwara United.
As long as results keep coming their way, coach Ibrahim Musa might not be worried about how many goals they score in each game. Rather, what is giving him a headache is the depleted number of central defenders in the team.
“Of course I want my team to score more goals. But if we have our depth in squad, especially in the defense line, we could possibly defend a lone goal and get results,” Ibrahim Musa told naijafootballplus.com at the team’s training ground on Tuesday afternoon.
“We build our team from defense to attack and we had five central defenders to the job. We’ve lost three of them; Stephen Eze has traveled out, we sadly lost Chinedu Udoji while Emmanuel Anyawu is nursing an injury. Sad enough again, we can’t sign anymore players until mid season,” Musa added.
Musa is surely aware of the plague affecting the team and the gaffer is exploring every possible method to rescue the situation.
“We have our plans now. I’ve already told the boys that everything that happened against Niger Tornadoes and Kwara United is in the past, so we are looking at what’s ahead and we’ll begin to take one step at a time starting from Sunday against Ifeanyi Ubah,” an optimistic Musa hinted.
There are just five matches before mid season and the mood around Kofar Mata has been hot and cold. The days of three consecutive title triumph is fast fading away and the ever present Kano fans are still dreaming of a fifth league diadem. They believe in Ibrahim Musa and the talents around him to return the team to the apex of the top flight.
“Our results have not been impressive recently but we are not losing hope in the team. I believe in Ibrahim Musa and his players. They can change things for better and even win the league for us because that is what we are expecting,” Yahaya Abdulahi, a front row Kano Pillars fan told naijafootballplus.com.
Of course it’s so nice to dream, it should however not remain in the dusky recess of the mind alone. The revival better begin immediately on Sunday against FC Ifeanyi Ubah. As they proceed, Pillars must also learn to finish with the highest highs and the lowest lows. That’s the logic that wins it.