Pillars storm Kinshasha Friday by chartered flight
• To return Monday • Begin closed camping
• Rabiu Ali joins squad
Players and officials of Kano Pillars will leave the shores of the country on Friday morning on a chartered flight to Kinshasa, DR Congo ahead of Sunday’s first leg preliminary round of the CAF Champions League clash against AS vita of DR Congo.
The delegation are expected to leave Aminu Kano International airport, Kano directly to N’Djili International Airport, Kinshasa.
The club’s chairman Abba Yola, who disclosed this to SportingLife, said he ordered the players to move straight to camp at Samir Palace Hotel, Airport road, Kano, after their training session on Tuesday afternoon.
Yola urged the players to focus on the CAF Champions League.
“The players’ welfare is our topmost priority and the state government has reimbursed the club for the CAF campaign. So, there is no need for the players’ to worry. The government and people of Kano State are behind them. We have determined to give you all the necessary things that will make you succeed and make the country proud in Congo. We want our players to go there not only as good ambassadors of Kano, but Nigeria,” Abba Yola told SportingLife.
Abba Yola also revealed that the delegation will return home on Friday and will move straight to camp to regroup for the second leg.
Technical Adviser, Okey Emordi said he will not condone any act of indiscipline from players, stressing that they must abide by rules and regulations in the camp.
The team’s captain, Theophilus Afelokhai thanked the board for the support while assuring them that the players will do everything within their reach to get a good result in the game in Kinshasa.
Meanhwile, African Nations Championship (CHAN) star Rabiu Ali trained with the team yesterday after his sojourn in South Africa, while the duo of Umar Sango and Sheu Abdullahi will return to training today.