Kano Pillars manager Mohammed Babaganaru has played down the effect of Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Gombe United at the Panatami Stadium on the team’s title defence.
Babangida Ibrahim opened scoring for Gombe United in the 35th minute before Sani Mohammed made 2-0 in the 74th. Pillars’ Gambo Mohammed netted a consolatory goal late on in the second-half.
Despite the loss, Pillars remained top of the 20-team Glo Premier League standing on 60 points, a point ahead of second-placed Enyimba, who beat ABS 1-0 at home to mount pressure on the ‘Sai Maitsugida’.
“We still believe we are going to retain the league title, this loss is just a temporary setback,” Babaganaru said.
“We are still on course to winning the title, it is not over until it is over, we have two games to go. So, we are working hard. I call all our fans to keep faith with us and be praying for us.”
Bayelsa United and El-Kanemi Warriors completes the top four, after missing their chances to climb top in their weekend’s Matchday 36 loss to Kaduna United and Heartland respectively.
Up next for the Kano State-owned club is Matchday 37 tie against Dolphins a the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
Pillars’ final game comes away at Lobi Stars on Sunday 20th October.