Shaken and distabilized by the sudden demise of central defensive figure, Chinedu Udoji; Kano Pillars’ match day 10 outing against former champions Enugu Rangers was short of expectations, but Technical Adviser Ibrahim Musa is pleased with the outcome, naijafootballplus understands.
Sai Masu Gida forced a 1-1 draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium and went top of the league on a day the Nigerian topflight honoured the memory of Chinedu Udoji – former Enyimba captain and Kano Pillars defender who died in a ghastly road accident last week.
Kano Pillars fell behind just before half time; Godwin Aguda gave the hosts the lead before Junior Lokosa rose to the occasion late in the second half again to level up matters and increase his tally to nine goals in the current campaign.
Speaking after the match, Musa expressed his satisfaction with his team’s performance despite the psychological effect of Udoji’s demise.
“I thank almighty Allah for giving my boys the strength to pull this result. Apparently, the loss of Udoji is still affecting them but so far so good we’ve been able to come here and rise up to the challenge. If we had even utilized some of our chances, we could have been going home with all three points” Musa said.
When asked about the officiating, Musa had nothing but optimism and praises about the conduct of the officials.
“The officiating was excellent, if any team whether home or away can get this every match day, it will really help our game in the country,” he added.
The gaffer also revealed the plan of the team to fill the boots of Udoji and also maintained that the team’s ambition for the current campaign remains unshakable.
Kano Pillars are now unbeaten in seven consecutive matches and sit top of the NPFL table with 17 points from 10 matches. They lead Enyimba of Aba on goal difference while Akwa United who have two games in hand are third with 16 points.