Kano Pillars react to crowd trouble but defend captain Ali

NPFL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 11/06/2019

Kano Pillars have reacted to the crowd trouble following a 1-1 draw with Enugu Rangers Monday in the NPFL championship playoffs at Agege Stadium but rose in defence of the conduct of captain Rabiu Ali.

Angry supporters of the northern base side invaded the Soccer Temple pitch as Nigeria international openly confronted the centre referee even after his club teammates tried to discourage the attacker midfielder.


The Kano Pillars spokesman Rilwanu Idris Malikawa, described the incident as unfortunate and unsporting as he told SCORENigeria In a press statement said: 

"Their fans are yet to arrive from Kano and that the crowd trouble was by some gangs that don’t want the progress of Kano Pillars because they see it clearly that the club will be championing this season.” 

"Kano Pillars fans are the most disciplined which made the NFF to award them the Best Behaved Fans Club Award and so the fans yesterday at the Agege stadium are not truly supporters of the club,” part of the statement read.

Pillars stoutly defender skipper Rabiu Ali, saying his actions after the match were misunderstood.

“He was not fighting the referee, he was just agitating that he blew the final whistle when the time was not up,” the club defended,.

“Rabiu Ali is one of the best-behaved players in the Nigeria league.”

Pillars also urged host football association Lagos State FA to step up security at the match venue.