Kano Pillars dented Kwara United FC’s title aspirations with a 2-0 thumping in a Matchday 16 fixture of the 2020/2021 NPFL season. The encounter held at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
Captain Rabiu Ali opened the scoring when he converted a 61st-minute penalty after David Ebuka was brought down in the box. Late in the game, substitute Usman Babalolo dropped a looping header to beat Dele Aiyenugba in second-half added time for the team’s second goal.
Both sides have endured three matches without a victory before the tie, with Pillars drawing the last game at home against Rangers International, while losing away to Dakkada FC of Uyo before being whipped by Abia Warriors.
Despite being an open game from the beginning with half-chances for both sides, the Sai Masu Gida were eager to make amends and resume winning games and deserved to win as the visiting Harmony Boys were saved on four different occasions by Aiyenugba who stood solid and tall in Kwara United’s goal.
The game saw the Harmony Boys dominate the first few minutes before Pillars swung into action. The home side first had a six-minute penalty appeal waved away and shortly after, Aiyenugba was called to action as he tipped a rasping shot from Nwagua Nyima. (Vanguard)