Kano Pillars was the team to beat as they were defending champions.
Kano Pillars head coach, Okey Emordi, on Tuesday said that he is still unhappy about the early exit of his team from the champions’ league.
In a phone chat with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Emordi said it is unfortunate that the team crashed out of the continental tournament so early.
“I am part and parcel of the team, I still felt it and still feeling it, it is just very unfortunate that we are out, this is a very big opportunity for us to get ourselves together and prepare effectively for the local competition, that is the premier league,” he said.
Coach Emordi, who resumed less than a month to the champion’s league qualifiers, disagreed that the change in leadership affected the team.
“It is not true. My coming in could have a very positive effective if I had the time; but I am new to the team. What I am trying to do is just to get the boys together and try to work with them all and do something that will enhance our performance,” he said.
As regards his team retaining the Nigeria Premier League at the next football season, Emordi said, “I am not promising anybody about League championship retainership. I am not a soothsayer; Almighty God knows what will happen. What I am trying to say is that we will work assiduously to help the team”.
Emordi was appointed as the head coach of Kano Pillars on January 29, few days to the start of their 2014 CAF Champions League campaign. There have been suggestions that his appointment was ill timed causing the early crash.