Hassan eager to feature in Kano Pillars’ title run-in charge

By George Akpayen

Adamu Hassan is longing to play a major role in Kano Pillars’ title chase in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) despite being reduced to a bit-part role.

Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa has preferred the striking pair of Junior Lokosa and Nyima Nwagua who have accounted for the club’s 23 goals with the former netting 19 to top the leaderboard for individual goalscorers in the division.

But Hassan said he is keen to get more playing time and will roll up his sleeves to do when the club resume this Sunday ahead of their July 18 match against El-Kanemi Warriors.

“I will like to play and start in every game but I have not had the chance,” said Hassan to npfl.ng.

“I know there are other strikers in the team and it means I will continue to fight for my place. I am happy we are in a good position to compete for the title too, and right now I am ready to play my part in helping the club when the league resumes after the World Cup,” said Hassan.

The former Nasarawa United man however acknowledged that it will take more than being just keen to feature in the title run-in.

He admitted that the club still have a lot of work to do to contend with their rivals, adding that they need to start winning matches on the road.

“Concerning our chances of winning the title, we have to work very hard for that. There are other teams who want to win it too. We just have to march their ambition on the pitch and even do better than them too especially in our away games. We have a good chance to win the title like the other teams.”

The forward has been reduced to cameo roles in the Kano Pillars setup this season since re-joining from Nasarawa United at the start of this campaign and has managed just one goal and provided one assist this season.