Saturday’s CAF Champions League clash against Asante Kotoko is “not a do or die affair” according to Kano Pillars striker Nyima Nwagua who says fans of the Sai Masu Gida must remember to stay calm regardless of whatever unfolds on the pitch at the Sani Abacha Stadium.
Pillars just like their opponents are returning to Africa’s elite club competition after a three-year hiatus and following two high profile instances of unruly fan behaviour in Lagos at the 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Six Tournament and in Kaduna in the final of the 2019 Aiteo Cup Final, Nwagua is anxious that fans put their best behaviour on display in Kano.
“Already, we’ve been asking them to pray for us and have patience and know that this is a game that they would always want us to participate in,” Nwagua told busybuddiesng.com.
“And when I say they would always want us to participate in, they should know that it is a game that is not a do or die affair and also this is the champions league where we need their support more and we don’t need anything that will actually cause us issues.”
Pillars’ top management have certainly taken the problem onboard and have begun exploring measures aimed at nipping the problem in the bud and Nwagua is optimistic that the moves will yield good results starting tomorrow.
“I know lessons and lectures have been given to them they know how it is,” Nwagua said.
“I know they are very passionate for us, they love us but we want them to celebrate it in a good way not take it in a wrong way so we also want them to know that we are out here to give them the best and they should believe in us and trust every minute of the game and not have any doubts of trying to do any funny thing and I know one way or the other they listen to us so I think it’s going to be a calm environment for both sides.”