The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has fulfilled his pledge of $1000 (₦362,750) to Kano Pillars for winning the Aiteo Cup.
Ganduje is expected to host the team at a grand reception in the State House on Tuesday ahead of the Pillars’ CAF Champions League fixture against Ghana’s Asante Kotoko this weekend.
Recall that the governor made this promise after the club defeated Niger Tornadoes in the final via penalties.
In a statement released on Tuesday, he said that he would continue to support the team financially.
“Kano Pillars is the best football team in Nigeria. And all Nigerians know this and they understand this very well when Pillars beats Niger Tornadoes. We have every reason to celebrate. Our players are disciplined, committed and extremely patriotic.”
“We are proud of our youth. We are proud of you Kano Pillars. This victory means a lot to us.”
“We have every reason to rejoice with you our dear Pillars. We shall do everything possible for your development.”
“When the final reached inconclusive stage I knew we were going to win the Trophy. As masters of inconclusivity, we finally made it. And also I wasn’t very surprised when Pillars made it. Because we have a composition of highly skillful and talented players,” he said.
“The Chairman of the Pillars Suraj Shu’aibu Yahaya commended the governor for all his untiring efforts in moving the club forward, assuring that, “My tenure as a Chairman of this great club would maintain discipline in the club. Yes our players are disciplined and they would remain so and improve upon.”