Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa says his team is “desperate for an away win” as they get set to face Group B leaders FC Ifeanyiubah on Matchday 11 of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.
Pillars, winless on all four of their travels in the league this season, face the Nnewi side who have won four of their five matches at home this season keeping clean sheets on all four occasions with the solitary loss – a 1-2 defeat to bogey team Abia Warriors on Match Day 6.
In their last match away from home, the Sai Masu Gida lost 2-1 at lowly Go Round FC on Match Day 7 a match Musa still insists his side “were supposed to win” but following that defeat, Musa says the team has had time to work on their weaknesses during the mid-season break and are now ready to start picking up victories away from home.
“We were supposed to win that match (against Go Round),” Musa told busybuddiesng.com. “But we have had time to work on our weaknesses. We have played some Grade B matches with some amateur teams in Kano during the break and with that, we hope that by continuation of this NPFL 2018\2019 season we will pick some points.”
Pillars’ form on the road is a carry-over from the truncated 2017/2018 season where they were only able to pick up eight draws on the road and it is a dreary run of form that Musa says is unbefitting of the four-time league champions especially as a number of less-fancied teams have been able to win away from home this season.
“We [in the] technical crew and the players, we are desperate for the away win even if you look at last season we did not pick an away win, we got only eight draws away which is not enough for us but this time around if you look at even the relegation teams have gotten away wins.
“After our training last night at the Ifeanyiubah Stadium I talked to the boys it’s high time for us to start picking away matches if we want to do better.”