By Isaiah Benjamin
Kaduna- Kano pillars football club of Kano State has gotten the nod of the North West Zonal Cordinator of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports, Idris Abdullahi for the usage of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium (ABS) as their base for their home matches in the confederation cup competition.
The Kano pillars Chairman, Alhaji Surajo Shaibu Yahaya and other stakeholders from Kano State had earlier paid a courtesy visit on the Kaduna State Football Association (FA) Chairman. Hon. Alkasim Sherrif and intimated him on their mission to Kaduna before he led them to the North West coordinator’s office.
While at the Zonal Coordinator’s office, the Kano pillars Chairman told the coordinator that they came onbehalf of Kano State government to request for the use of the ABS for their confederation cup home matches.
He averred that Kaduna State being the headquarters of the Northern region and the North West in particular, and with standard stadium, that it was proper to make use of the stadium for such international competition.
” We know we have cordial working relationship with Kaduna State and it is with this on our mind that we are optimistic that our request will not be turned down.
” We will also be willing to contribute in whichever area possible to make the stadium in good condition for the matches”.
The Chairman who took a tour of the stadium expressed satisfaction with the facility, stressing however that some areas will certainly require an uplift.
He thereafter handed over a formal letter of request for the use of the stadium signed by the Kano Pillars football club Secretary Sayyadi Abdullahi to the zonal coordinator.
Responding, the Coordinator said, Kaduna State is a home to Kano pillars football club and will not be refused any assistance once solicited, adding that besides Kano State being one of the states in the North west, it is under the North West zone of the federal Ministry of Youth and Sports.
” Your letter of request is acknowledged and I want to assure you that it will be communicated to the Ministry and I am sure that it will be given due considerations positively.
” Although the stadium requires some uplift, it is our hope that it will be done before the commencement of the confederation cup competition”.
Earlier in his introduction of the team from Kano, the Kano pillars media officer and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Northwest Vice President Lurwanu Idris Malikawa (Village Head of Garu) commended the Zonal coordinator for always yielding to their request.
Also, Kaduna State FA Chairman, added to the assurance and optimism that Kano pillars would not be refused the use of the stadium.
On the entourage of the Kano Pillars Chairman was the Vice Chairman of the Kano State FA Aminu Mohammed Inuwa.