Kano Pillars have blamed the League Management Company (LMC) for their early exit in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup, The SportsBay reports.
According to a statement signed by the media officer of the club, Alhaji Rilwanuu Idris Malikawa, the failure of the LMC to reopen the domestic league even as the ban on contact sports has been lifted by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 played a role in their ouster.
On Saturday, visiting Jaraaf FC of Senegal forced the former Nigerian champions to 0-0 in the return leg of the Confederation Cup played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna to proceed to the first round on 3-1 aggregate.
Malikawa described the recent failure of Kano Pillars as a shocker to the management, technical crew and players of the team.
He said the early exits of both Kano Pillars and Plateau United in the continent is an indication that there is a problem somewhere in the Nigerian league.
Malikawa, therefore, called on football administrators and other critical stakeholders to do the needful in order to save the game of football in the country.
“The Situation brought about by COVID-19 affected our football but the issue is global. Yet, some countries have managed it and restarted their leagues for the survival of their football. So let us borrow a leaf from them.
“The LMC chairman, Alhaji Shehu Dikko who watched the last 35 minutes of the game refused to talk to journalists on the situation that Pillars and Plateau United have found themselves,” he said.