Kano Pillars coach Musa blames hardluck for Enyimba draw
By Mike Oboh
In a duel of former champions, Enyimba International extended their unbeaten run to six matches after forcing hosts, Kano Pillars to a 1-1 draw in a Matchday 9 fixture on Sunday evening.
But Kano Pillars head coach, Ibrahim Musa whose side are also on a stretch of six-game unbeaten run attributed the goalless scoreline to hard luck.
Musa told npfl.com after the match that though Enyimba are a good side, the failure of his players to convert their chances and the good goalkeeping of Fatau Dauda denied them victory.
“We were not just lucky, the players played their best but mother luck did not smile at us. I must commend my players for the effort, and we have forgot about the match. Our target now is going to Enugu to rediscover ourselves.
“I am sure with good officiating as we witnessed, we can beat Rangers in Enugu and recover the two points we dropped but I admit Enyimba is a good side. I am however not just happy with the unnecessary delay tactics they employed in the second half, well that is football for you,” Musa said.
He remained optimistic that the team will stay focused in their quest to excel in the league campaign this season, noting that he is confident that his players have what it takes to challenge for the title.
Enyimba head coach, Paul Aigbogun said he is happy to have picked a point from the game which he described as a tough one.
“I thank God for the result and I am happy because picking a point here is vital to our campaign in the league. Pillars is a big team and they played their best and my players were able to curtail them,” Aigbogun said.
He said the league is like a marathon race and only those who have the endurance can last the long, tortuous journey. He expressed satisfaction that his team are growing into the challenge.
Kano Pillars started the game on a fast note but the defence line of Enyimba fought off the attacking threat spearheaded by Alassan Ibrahim, Junior Lokosa and Nyima Nwagua.
Lokosa scored on 34 minutes with a powerful shot off Alassan’s pass from close range and took his tally to eight goals for the season.
Two minutes later, Enyimba were gifted a goal for the equalizer as Emmanuel Anyanwu saw his back pass sail into his own net with goalkeeper David Obiazo in the wrong position.
Enyimba’s Ghanaian goalkeeper, Dauda was the hero of his side as he parried and saved from Rabiu Ali, Nzube Anaezemba and Junior Lokosa in the second half to ensure his side picked a vital away point inside the Sani Abacha stadium.
On the other end, Stanley Dimgba was the tormentor in chief of the Pillars defence line but man of the match, Chinedu Udoji ensured that the Kano club did not suffer further breach at the back.