Kano Pillars still in shock after 0-4 loss to Tetouan
Four-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Kano Pillars, are still reeling after a 0-4 thrashing at the hands of Moroccan club, Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan (MAT), on Saturday.
Sai Masu Gida suffered the beating in their first leg, first round CAF Champions League tie at a frenzied at Saniat Rmel, Tétouan.
Mouhcine Iajour fired a 21-minute hat-trick with clinically taken goals on 13, 26 and 34 minutes with Zaid Krouch adding a late fourth to literally ram the final nail on the Pillars coffin
The Nigerian champions must now show unreal grit and score five times without reply from MAT in the return fixture at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano in two weeks.
Pillars suffered a complicated build-up to the game. Five of their players, including Gambo Mohammed, were hospitalized just days to the first leg following a robbery incident that left the affected individuals with bullet wounds.
It necessitated a postponement of the fixture by a week but things got worse when (arguably Pillars’ best striker), Christian Obiozor was “reported missing” a few days to the game with MAT.
Desertion was the last thing the Pillars coach, Okey Emordi, would have contemplated and in the absence of the proven marksman, Sai Masu Gida were always going to struggle for goals.
Unsurprisingly, Pillars did not score against MAT on Saturday.
A member of the Pillars’ continental committee and former chairman of the club, Alhaji Abba Yola, seemingly echoed the sentiments of the majority of the team’s support in his post-match comments.
“I am in shock. It was not a good game for us at all and no one saw this coming,” he told supersport.com.
He, however, chose to look at the optimistic picture in the shape of a “miracle” in the return fixture in Kano.
“Miracles happen and if there are any group of fans who will cheer their side till the last minute irrespective of the consequences, those fans are the fans of Kano Pillars.
“It will be difficult but the players, coaches, fans and everyone involved with Kano Pillars must believe (it is possible to overturn the deficit). They (fans) must turn out in their numbers and cheer the boys to victory in the second leg,” he said.
The second leg comes up on April 4 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
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