A contingent comprising of 94 people headed by the chairman Kano state sports commission Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima on Friday arrived Senegal ahead of the first leg CAF Confederation Cup preliminary stage matches against ASC Jaraaf FC.
Kano Pillars snuck in the back door to the Confed Cup, as they were given their berth as the latest (2019) champions of the Aiteo Cup, the 2020 edition of which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pillars played in the Champions League last season, but were eliminated at the first hurdle by Ghana’s Asante Kotoko.
According to recent form, Pillars have not been convincing when they play away.
Speaking with the media officer, Lurwanu Idris Malikawa, the players are in high spirit to do the nation proud.
“We should thank God for giving us the opportunity to go to Dakar to play against Jaraaf. We were in Kaduna for a 10-day closed-door camp.
“The players are in high spirit. The club has paid all outstanding match bonuses amounting to about N7m. They are ready to deliver and make Nigeria proud. All the 20 players are physically fit and will be led by the legendary Rabiu Alli,” he said.
He also reechoed the voices of many football lovers and administrators over the late kick off of the domestic league.
“No doubt the non-kick off of the league affected all clubs as well as the coronavirus pandemic but notwithstanding we have been preparing ourselves for the continental games and we will do well,” he asserted.
Speaking on behalf of the players the captain of the team Rabi’u Ali said they were in Senegal for business and they would do anything humanly possible to get the maximum points in the game tomorrow.
He urged people in the state and teeming fans of the club across the globe to continue praying for them for the progress of the club.
The match kicks off today by 6pm (Nigerian Time) at Stade Demba Diop stadium in Dakar, Senegal.