By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN
Head coach of Kano Pillars Football Club, Kadiri Ikhana, has given an insight on how his team outplayed Enyimba FC on match day 12 of the Nigeria Profeseional Football League (NPFal), submitting that they were tactically superior over the visitors from Aba.
The Pyramid City side defeated the six-time Nigerian champions 3-1 in Sunday’s top-flight clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano With Kabiru Balogun producing a brace brace while captain Gambo Mohammed sealed off with a huge strike to earn the Sai Masu Gida the three points at stake while Stephen Chukwudi scored from the spot to give Enyimba a consolation.
Ikhana said the encounter lived up to its pre-match billing as a very difficult clash.
“I told whoever that cared to listen that the encounter would be tough given the pedigree and rivalry between the two sides and it ended up exactly like that.
“We played them tactically even with one man short to still go ahead to get the third goal.
“We played more tactically and not technically as Enyimba are more technical than my side.
“Again we were more physical and it helped us greatly to subdue our opponents.
“I’m happy we were able to pull off this victory against a strong side like Enyimba. The win will be a great boost going forward,” said the former Enyimba coach.
Ikhana made excuses for the former Enyimba captain and centre back Chinedu Udoji for receiving a red card in the clash.
“Udoji did not deserve the red card as he was pushed. The guy who pushed him should have got his marching orders instead.
“His switch to Kano Pillars is a wise move as it has helped him to regain his form and fitness,” said the former Nasarawa United coach.
Kano Pillars’ win against Enyimba has upped their points to 17 from a possible 36 with two matches in hand against Wikki Tourists and champions Enugu Rangers.