Hassan returns to Kano Pillars with title intent

By George Akpayen

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Adamu Hassan has told npfl.ng that he agreed to return to four-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Kano Pillars as he has “unfinished business” with the club.

Hassan explained that his “unfinished business” with ‘Sai Masu Gida’ is to help the club win the league title in the coming season.

“I am very happy to return to Kano,” Hassan began in an interview with npfl.ng.

“This time I am back in Kano to win the league and I know that is the ambition of the club for the coming season. We have the right players and also experienced ones who have played at the big stage and can help us win trophies including the league as well.

“So my return is to make sure that I achieve my unfinished business of winning trophies.”

Replicating last season’s form

Hassan is confident that he can reproduce same form of last season in which he scored 12 goals for the Solid Miners including two of the goals coming against Kano Pillars over the two meetings.

“I know I can do same, scoring goals and helping the team win games, if I am given the chance to play,” he said.

At some point last season, Pillars struggled for form and even went six matches on the bounce without a win. During that period Hassan and his Nasarawa United teammates arrived at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano with a mission to ensure the Lafia club got a result.

With the last burst of fire, Hassan said he returned to his old stomping ground to haunt his old employers Kano Pillars. Hassan’s goal on 58 minutes cancelled out Mubarak Said’s ninth strike to earn Nasarawa United a point inside a packed ground.

In the reverse game, Hassan drilled the dagger into the hearts of the Kano Pillars contingent in late August when he netted the only goal to give Nasarawa United the full points before their fans at the Lafia City Stadium on Matchday 36. The goal was his 12th of the campaign as they also finished the season in fifth place, three positions above Pillars in the standings.

“It was a very good season for me, but we missed out on the top-three. May be if we had started winning games early then we could have even competed for the title,” said Hassan.

Good early start next season

Hassan, who will wear number 19 at Pillars, is keen to help the Kano club start their campaign next season on a good footing. He quickly pointed to the Plateau United example as one of the reasons the Jos club won the title last term and feels it is a major factor in deciding their title ambitions.

“We must start the season well. Already we know we are playing Katsina United and that game and others will be our focus for now,” the Kano Pillars forward said to npfl.ng.

Competition for striking roles

However if Hassan must contribute in his team’s early start to the campaign, he will have to displace the striking pair of Nyima Nwagua and Junior Lokosa who contributed a combined 10 goals in the second half of last season when they joined in mid-season.

He also has veteran forward Gambo Mohammed who has returned from an injury layoff to contend with. The striker said he is unfazed by the competition from other strikers but is only “ready to help Kano Pillars win trophies and will take his chance whenever it comes.”

The striker crossed from Lafia side Nasarawa United to team up with Kano Pillars after a season stint when he left the Sani Abacha Stadium in a clearout at the start of last term.

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