Kano Pillars Cry Out Over Unpaid AITEO Cup Prize Money

2019 Aiteo Cup champions Kano Pillars FC say they are yet to receive their prize money from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the tournament.

The Sai Masu Gida beat Niger Tornadoes on penalties at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in August to claim the trophy for the first time in their history.

The NFF and indigenous oil company AITEO signed a N2.5 billion 5-year agreement in 2017 for the latter to acquire naming and sponsorship rights for Nigeria’s oldest cup competition.

Per the sponsorship, champions in the men’s category get N25 million while runners up receive N10 million. Women’s champions get N5 million with the finalists receiving N5 million.

Two months on from their triumph, however, Pillars say there’s been no communication from the NFF regarding their prize money for emerging champions and when it will be paid.

The four-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions also contend that they are yet to receive their share of payments from the League Management Company (LMC) for finishing in second place in the 2018/2019 NPFL season.

“A lot of people are putting too much pressure on us by asking how much the club received from the Federation and the League Management Company for emerging as the 2019 Aiteo Cup champions and runners up for the 2018/2019 league season. But up to now, no kobo has entered our purse either from the NFF or LMC,” Pillars’ spokesman Idris Malikawa told the club’s website.

Pillars, who were knocked out of CAF champions league qualification by Asante Kotoko last month are currently in training ahead of the kick off of the 2019/2020 NPFL which has been announced for 20 October.