Kano Pillars can win the title again, says Gambo

By George Akpayen

Striker Gambo Muhammad holds the belief that Kano Pillars are in the running to win the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) this season despite trailing leaders Lobi Stars by six points.

It is four years since ‘Sai Masu Gida’ won the title when they completed a hat-trick of wins in 2012, 2013 and 2014. And Gambo was influential in those years of the Kano club’s domination in the top division.

Now aged 29, the striker explained to npfl.ng that the Kano club have enough quality in their playing personnel to challenge for the title and made it clear that winning the league remains the target of the club.

“Yes, we can win the league,” began Gambo who has been reduced to a bit-part role this term. “We have a good team, full of young and experienced players who are playing very well this season.”

Despite being reduced to a cameo role this season by the Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa who prefers the striking pair of Junior Lokosa and Nyima Nwagua, Gambo said to npfl.ng that he is concerned about more about what the club stand to achieve at the end of the season.

Gambo after being blocked from joining champions Plateau United and Rivers United at the start of this campaign still believes that he remains a key component of the Kano Pillars setup and is ready to fight for his place and contribute to their title charge.

“The team selection is the choice of the coach. Remember I was injured for a long time since last season and that allowed other players to get opportunities which they have taken very well. I am still a Kano Pillars player so I have to do my best and fight to get the chance to play,” he said.

But Gambo knows that Kano Pillars will have to surmount their opponents Rivers United in this Sunday’s fixture first.

The striker acknowledged that his team cannot afford to drop points at this stage of this season any longer.

“We just have to win this to maintain our position among the top clubs so that we will have a chance at the title. It is important we win (against Rivers United) before the league goes on break for the World Cup,” said Gambo.