Nigeria Premier League: Kano Pillars suffer first home defeat in 12 years

Kano Pillars football team
Kano Pillars football team

The invincibility of Kano Pillars at the their home ground came to an abrupt end on Sunday as the reigning Nigeria Premier League champions suffered a shock 1-2 defeat in the hands of Nasarawa United.

For 12 years, Pillars have not lost in Kano and there was no indication they would do that in their Week 25 NPFL game against Nasarawa United.

Pillars boast of the best record in the second half of the league with 10 points gained and the return of striker Gambo Mohammed, who has just recovered from gunshot wounds sustained in March, suggested that Pillars would have it good against the visiting Nasarawa team.

But that was not to be the case as Nasarawa United literally rewrote the history books with their master class performance.

It was Ex-Pillars forward, Munir Ubale, who opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the visitors.

Four minutes later, Yaro Bature who has just been invited to the Super Eagles doubled the Lafia team’s lead.

Though Kano Pillars skipper, Rabiu Ali, pulled a goal back in the 46th minute to make it 2-1, it was not enough to save the day for the reigning league champions.

Even with the introduction of Gambo Mohammed in the 67th minute for Eneji Otekpa, there was no escape route for the Kano team who watched helplessly as their invincibility finally ended on a sad note.

In other centres, there was a goals rush in Akure as Sunshine Stars whipped El-Kanemi Warriors 5-0.

The quartet of Lobi Stars, Abia Warriors, Kwara United and Warri Wolves all secured slim 1-0 home wins over the opponents. While the spoils were shared in Enugu and Uyo where Rangers played 1-1 with Dolphins and Akwa United played 2-2 with Giwa FC.

Full Results

Kano Pillars 1-2 Nasarawa Utd

Bayelsa Utd 0-1 Sharks

Lobi Stars 1-0 FC Ifeanyiubah

Akwa Utd 2-2 Giwa FC

Rangers 1-1 Dolphins

Sunshine Stars 5-0 El-Kanemi

Warri Wolves 1-0 Wikki

Abia Warriors 1-0 Heartland

Kwara Utd 1-0 Shooting Stars

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