Kano Pillars welcome Go Round FC in one of the matchday 11 fixtures of the 2018 Nigeria Professional Football League on Sunday.
Ahead of this fixture, Pillars who are unbeaten in seven consecutive games sit in second position on the table with 17 points from 10 games, while the Omoku side are second from the rear with 10 points from 9 games. Perhaps, their respective positions on the log is also a reflection of how far Kano is to Omoku. – the newly promoted side traveled over 18 hours to honour this fixture.
With three consecutive draws and just two wins in their last five games, Pillars would definitely want to get back to winning ways. Their recent run of home wins was halted by a blip on matchday 9 when they generously drew 1-1 with Enyimba. Surprisingly though, they shook that off with a hard fought 1-1 draw away from home against former champions Enugu Rangers on matchday 10.
Kano Pillars last 5 games: WWDDD
Pillars 2-0 Plateau Utd
Pillars 2-0 MFM FC
Sunshine Stars 0-0 Pillars
Pillars 1-1 Enyimba
Enugu Rangers 1-1 Pillars
Go Round FC have two wins and three losses in their last five games – those victories came on home soil and the losses at away grounds as well. And this being their second consecutive game on the road, the newly promoted side wouldn’t mind negotiating a share of spoils to compensate for their long journey from the south of Nigeria to the north.
Go Round last 5 games: LWLWL
Katsina United 3 – 0 Go Round
Go Round 2 – 1 Nasarawa United
Rivers United 1 – 0 Go Round
Go Round 1 – 0 Abia Warriors
El Kanemi Warriors 2 – 1 Go Round
Form aside, the coaches of both sides are soft spoken about the encounter, perhaps because it would be their first meeting in the topflight. Nevertheless, technical adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Musa won’t underrate the new comers.
“I must say we are ready. Go Round are a good side also so we can’t afford to take them or even any opponent for granted. This is a home game for us and that makes it special so we have to deliver something perfect for our fans too. I don’t want to take away anything from our opponet, but I’m confident we’ll get the desired result”. Ibrahim Musa told naijafootballplus.
For Ngozi Elechi, the head coach of Go Round FC, the belief system, mentality and confidence that beam around his squad are what matter even as they file out against an experienced side in the topflight.
“Pillars are good, no doubt about that and my boys are equal to the task as well. We expect that they will underrate us, but it doesn’t matter if we have just being promoted from the NNL. We have our game plan and we will stick to the execution, so we’ll see what comes out of it”. Elechi spoke to naijafootballplus at the team’s hotel in Sabon Gari area of Kano.
Beefed up already, Coach Ibrahim Musa of Kano Pillars have all his players to call on for this tie even as all eyes will be on red-hot goal machine, Junior Lokosa to lead the line and add to his incredible goal tally.
For Go Round however, they will miss the services of right full back Ebuka Akobundu who was sent off in their last game against El-Kanemi warriors.
Kano Pillars are winless in their last three games. They are in good form and aren’t under any pressure whatsoever. The only thing they have to do is to recall their instinct to win and give their massive supporters something to go home with.
On the flip side, Go Round are bad travelers, they’ve lost everything on away soil so far and they’ve only scored once in five away matches. Pillars must however be wary of their thirst for goals and points away from home.
Barring any form of calamity, a comprehensive win won’t be too much to ask for from Kano Pillars