Kano Pillars is on the right track in their quest to return to continental competition next season as they thrashed visiting FC Ifeanyi Ubah 3-0 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match on Wednesday.
The ‘Sai Masu Gida’ who started the league poorly, have suddenly rediscovered their rhythm despite the departure of their striker, Junior Lokosa who joined Tunisian side, Esperance.
The game was one which indicated that there will be early goals for Pillars who launched series of attacks from the kickoff and just three minutes, Nyima Nwagua opened the scoring with a close-range when he jumped highest and headed home a shot from Bature Yaro.
Nwagua grabbed his brace 18 minutes after the resumption with a perfect finish after rounding Chinedu Anozie in goal for FC Ifeanyiubah. Veteran, Rabiu Ali completed the routing with a goal from the penalty spot with just 15 minutes to the regulation time.
The result ended 3-0 with Kano Pillars moving to fourth place in Group B table with 20 points in 12 matches, two points behind leader, Akwa United.
Also at the Aper Aku Stadium, champions, Lobi Stars were held to a 2-2 stalemate by visiting Niger Tornadoes.
Lobi struggled against the visitors, coming from behind twice to equalize in added time of both halves.
Tornadoes took the lead through Jibrin Mustapha just eight minutes to in the first half and before the interval, Yaya Kone levelled for Lobi Stars from the spot.
Lobi, who was eliminated from the group stage of the CAF Champions League, found themselves trailing again in the 81st minute when Goyi Mohammed restored Tornadoes lead, but it was another penalty in the added minutes that rescued Lobi from an imminent defeat in front of their supporters as Michael Stephen stood tall to convert from the spot.
At Shagamu, it was a share of the spoils for Remo Stars and Rangers International.
With Rangers turning their focus to the NPFL after their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup at the group stage, the Flying Antelopes played their seventh game of the season due to their engagement in the continental competition then.
Both teams conjure any clear chances but as the major flashpoint of the game was when the visitors had the ball in the net in the 29th minute through Bright Silas who pounced on a rebound off Ifeanyi George’s freekick, but the referee albeit the goal for offside.