Monday, March 15, 2010

Ahmad Musa Underlines Pillars’ Title Push

It appears that one man might make the difference in Kano Pillars’ push for the Premier League title this season after the former Nigerian champion turned the table over Sharks Football Club at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Sunday.
Kano Pillars struggled to win by 2 – 1 in a keenly-contested tie at the Sani Abacha Stadium with Premier League top scorer, Ahmad Musa, netting twice.
With his contender for the top scorer award, Osas Idehen of Enyimba, away on national team duty with Super Eagles Team B, Musa took advantage and ensured that Kano Pillars remained within touching distance of the Peoples Elephant as well as keep his ambition of scoring 20 goals in a single season on track.
The Blue Angels from Port Harcourt was the fastest off the starting blocks in a game in which a win would have taken it off the basement of the Premier League log.
Inside the first quarter of an hour, Sharks asked questions of its opponents and was rewarded on seven minutes when Gomo Nduku scored through a solo effort after shielding off the challenge from two Kano Pillars’ defenders including Abdulwasiu Sowemimo.
But Musa was on hand to rescue a rather off-colour Kano Pillars on 27 minutes by stabbing home a rebound after Sharks’ goalkeeper, Odah Okiemute’s one-handed save from Sheriff Isa’s shot could go only fall to the footstep of a lurking Musa inside the penalty area.
However, Musa scored his 14th goal of the season from the penalty spot after Mohammed Gambo was felled inside the penalty area.
But teenage sensation, Musa, told that it was a difficult game for him and his team-mates, as he believes that lady luck played a role in his side’s triumph on Sunday.
The Kano Pillars’ marksman also reiterated that with each game in the colours of his club he is beginning to get closer to the 20-goal mark.
The former Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) Football Club attacking winger is also thankful to the industrious output of team-mates Gambo, Rabiu Ali, Abdul Haruna and Isa among others for making goalscoring easier for him.
“My team-mates have been making me look good this season. Mohammed Gambo, Rabiu Ali, Yaro Yaro, Haruna and Sheriff Ali and others are the best players I have played with in my career so far. They are making goalscoring look easy for me and now I am beginning to believe that I can become the first player to score 20 goals in a season in the Nigerian league.
“We were lucky against Sharks and that is one important thing in football. When we had our chance we simply scored though they played better than us. But it is important that we continue to win our games since our title rivals are also winning their games,” he said.

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