Kano Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa says winning the 2019 Aiteo Cup rates higher than the four league titles the club claimed in the past.
Pillars, seeking a first Federation Cup title, will battle Niger Tornadoes in the final of the competition on Sunday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, having lost to Rangers in last year’s finale.
In a chat with busybuddiesng.com, the Pillars gaffer added he is fascinated by the prospect of becoming the first home-grown coach to land the Aiteo Cup for the club.
Asked how important winning the competition this year is to the Sai Masu Gida, he said: “It is more than the league that we won four times. The government and people of Kano are looking at this Cup more than the league we won before.
“So, we need to win FA Cup (Aiteo Cup) for the first time, because the first time Pillars won it (though not as Kano Pillars in 1953) was about fifty-something years ago. We were not even born then. So, this time around we want to make a history.
“As an indigene of Kano, and in my second season as technical adviser of the club, I hope to win for my state and Governor, who is doing well for the club,” he said.
Regarding Sunday’s final against Tornadoes, Musa informed that he has rounded off preparations, and arriving Kaduna three days before the match is just to put finishing touches on work done.
“I’ve finished preparation at home. I am just here (Kaduna) to warm up and play to maintain the fitness. I’ve finished my preparation,” a confident Musa said.