Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pillars’ midfielder aims for Enyimba, Heartland jugular

Kano Pillars’ midfielder, Joseph Atang Thompson, is revving to face rivals, Enyimba and Heartland, in the 2010/2011 campaign of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).
He told that he has a grudge to settle with the Peoples Elephant after the Aba club edged Kano Pillars on the last day of last term to emerge champions of Nigeria.
The Peoples Elephant won their sixth title last season, finishing four points ahead of Kano Pillars and Thompson believes that it will be a different ball game in the new season, which kicks off this weekend.
The 21-year-old, who joined Kano Pillars from Cotonsport Garoua of Cameroon in 2009, is still haunted by the manner with which Heartland dumped his side out of the CAF Champions League last year.
Kano Pillars lost 0 – 4 in Owerri and 0 – 1 in Kano with Uchenna Agba, now with CS Sfaxien wreaking them over the two legs.
But Pillars avenged that painful loss with a 4 – 0 drubbing of Heartland on October 18, 2009 in a Premier League clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
 “I am looking forward to the games against Enyimba and Heartland because they are two of the biggest clubs in the country now apart from us. Last season Enyimba took the title from us and this season will be our turn to take it from them.
“As for Heartland, they broke the hearts of our fans last season when they beat us home and away in the CAF Champions League. It was painful for us because we had a good chance to play in the final but we failed and now I am looking forward to playing against them and beating them,” he said.

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