Kano Pillars are not a one-man team, says Musa

By Tekidek Joshua

Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa has rejected comments that his team are solely dependent on Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leading scorer Junior Lokosa.

Lokosa has scored 10 goals in 11 appearances this season and missed last Sunday’s 0-2 defeat at Yobe Desert Stars, which has fuelled talks about the Kano club’s over-reliance on the in-form forward for goals.

Musa, however, believes that such school of thought have a wrong impression on how the Kano Pillars team have been set up to play this season.

He added that Kano Pillars are a team and gave instances of absence of key players like Ifeanyi Nweke, Rabiu Ali and Stephen Eze who were with the Super Eagles for about a month in Morocco for the 2018 CHAN. Eze has since joined a Bulgarian club.

Musa also pointed to the absence of defender Chinedu Udoji who died in a car crash in Kano as another instance.

The Kano Pillars manager also made it clear that his team did not lose to Yobe Stars because Lokosa was missing in the game.

“We didn’t lose because of Lokosa’s absence. I didn’t build my team on any individual. If you remember during CHAN, we had three players in Rabiu Ali, Ifeanyi (Nweke) and Stephen Eze with the Nigerian team yet we got good results. Even when we lost our defender Udoji to death we played well in our subsequent matches, so it is not about Lokosa, but it was just an off-day for the team against Yobe Stars,” he said.

Musa now hopes that Lokosa will be ready to make a return for their next matchday fixture against Niger Tornadoes after he fell ill an hour before kickoff at Yobe Stars last Sunday.

Kano Pillars versus Niger Tornadoes will take place at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Monday.