Kano Pillars returned to winning ways on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Go Round FC in a week 11 Nigeria Professional Football League game played at the Sanni Abacha stadium, Kofar Mata, Kano.
A second half penalty by flying eagles invitee, Alassan Ibrahim and a late goal by leading top scorer, Junior Lokosa were all Sai Masu Gida needed to see off their visitors from Omoku.
Ibrahim Musa’s men didn’t get off to a flying start and looked complacent in the entire first half. Nyima Nwagua, Nzube Anaezemba, Alassan Ibrahim and Junior Lokosa all succumbed to the frustrating charge of Ngozi Elechi’s men even as their opponent fancied their chances with long range attempts.
Pillars’ attempts for a breakthrough in the early stages failed to produce a goal and the most frustrating of them was Junior Lokosa’s flat penalty which was saved by Victor Obiowo in the 25th minute. The striker had raced to a lobbed pass from Ibrahim and was adjudged to have been brought down by the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation.
Go Round, against all odds surpassed expectations in the first 45 minutes by confidently holding off their hosts to a goalless first half.
The home team eventually got off the blocks with the blast of the second half whistle as Pillars were on their opponents like a beast by creating chances in succession.
The siege eventually paid off in the 55th minute as Pillars got another penalty after Dennis Victor’s cross was handed in the box. The fans wanted Lokosa to step up again but a generous show of solidarity for Ibrahim by the striker ensured the fleet-footed midfielder opened scoring before being substituted off for 16-year old Mustapha Salisu.
Obiowo guessed right again but Go Round FC weren’t second time lucky as they fell behind after a great show of resilience.
Go Round almost equalized immediately, but Chidi Nwachukwu wasn’t clinical enough to beat Danladi Isah from an acute one-on-one situation.
Sparked by the introduction of Mustapha, Kano Pillars crated more chances. Lokosa had a goal bound effort blocked for a corner kick and the new man himself fired straight at Obiowo after being freed by a nice through ball by Lokosa.
Five minutes before time, Lokosa finally got Pillars’ second goal of the match and his 10th of the season after running into space to tap home Mustapha Salisu’s square ball.
It ended that way, a victory which saw Kano Pillars return to the top spot with 20 points from 11 games while Go Round remain in 19th position with 10 points from 10 matches.