All Kano Pillars players and their officials were given the sum of One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) each, as part of the preliminary gesture, by governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, before the grand gesture slated to be disclosed during the upcoming Award Dinner Night few days to come.
As an appreciation to their victory, he said, “We are giving you this $1,000 to each and every player, with members of your technical committee. I think your number is forty (40). This is just one out of other gestures to come your way.”
He made this known when the club paid him a visit at the Government House, on Monday, to thank the Governor for his support and to officially present the trophy when he received the club and with their supporters.
While acknowledging their skillful encounter which culminated into victory, governor Ganduje assured them of his continued support and commitment towards the development of the club and other sporting activities in the state.
“Kano Pillars is the best football team in Nigeria. And all Nigerians know this and they understand this very well, when Pillars beats Niger Tornadoes. We have every reason to celebrate. Our players are disciplined, committed and extremely patriotic,” the Governor added.
It was his administration’s resolve to give special attention to sporting activities that he decided to come up with a new Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, adding that, “We are proud with our youth. We are proud of you Kano Pillars. This victory means a lot to us.”
A trophy which he said “…eluded our state for over 60 years, is now being won by this great team. We have every reason to rejoice with you our dear Pillars. We shall do everything possible for your development.”
He later revealed that the state government would host them in a special and befitting state dinner when he would unveil some surprises as a way of displaying his appreciation and that of the people of Kano state.
“When the final reached inconclusive stage I knew we were going to win the trophy. As masters of inconclusivity, we finally made it. And also I wasn’t very surprised when Pillars made it. Because we have a composition of highly skillful and talented players,” he said.
Kano Pillars Chairman, Suraj Shu’aibu Yahaya commended the governor for all his untiring efforts in moving the club forward, assuring that, “My tenure as a Chairman of this great club would maintain discipline in the club. Yes, our players are disciplined and they would remain so and improve upon.”