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Kano Pillars poised to topple NPFL leaders

Kano Pillars poised to topple NPFL leaders
From ESPN - February 9, 2018

The involvement of Akwa United and Plateau United in the CAF club competitions this weekend affords Kano Pillars an opportunity to end matchday eight as league leaders, provided they secure an away win in Akure.

Pillars could capitalise on the unavailability of the top two teams by climbing two spots on the log in their bid to gain leadership position on the league table, provided they win away at Sunshine Stars.

It does appear to be a tough task for Sai Masu Gida, who have failed to earn victory on the road this season, although their forwards have not been goal-shy in those games, scoring three in three.

Dayo Ojo, fresh from his involvement at the African Nations Championship, should be available for Sunshine Stars, a quality addition required to preserve their unbeaten home record this season.

Coach Imama Amapakabo makes a return to Enugu Rangers with El-Kanemi Warriors in a testing game which is the tactician's first on the bench for the Maiduguri-based team following his month-long international engagement with Nigeria.

Judging by the acrimonious way in which both coach and club parted ways last year, we should not rule out a hostile reception for Amapakabo despite his title-winning feat two seasons ago.

The visitors are just a spot above the dropzone, and have worryingly seen their goals dry up following an inability to score in four successive games. Failure to halt their poor run of form could well guarantee El-Kanemi a spot at the bottom of the table.

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