Kano Pillars F.C.
|Full name||Kano Pillars Football Club|
|Nickname(s)||Sai Masu Gida|
|Ground||Sani Abacha Stadium|
|Chairman||Alhaji Surajo Yahaya Jambul|
|Manager||Ibrahim A. Musa|
|League||Nigeria National League|
|2021–22||Nigeria Professional Football League, 19th of 20 (relegated)|
Kano Pillars Football Club is a Nigerian professional football club based in Kano, North Western part of Nigeria. They play in the lower division in Nigerian football, the Nigeria National League. Their home stadium is Sani Abacha Stadium. Kano Pillars FC was founded in 1990, the year in which the professional association football league started in Nigeria. It was an amalgamation of three amateur clubs in Kano State.
Founded in 1990, By Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima former chairman Nigeria Football Association and former sport commissioner of Kano, from the combination of WRECA FC, Kano Golden Stars and Bank of the North FC, Kano Pillars achieved outstanding success by winning the 2007–08 Nigerian Premier League. Kano Pillars produced players like Abiodun Baruwa who has since played for Swiss, Austrian, Welsh and British Clubs and Sani Kaita who later plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Another Prominent player is Ahmed Garba 'Yaro Yaro' who later plays for AB in Denmark and a notable player from Kano Pillars FC is Ahmed Musa who played for Leicester City in the English Premier league after joining from CSKA Moscow. It was registered as a limited liability company with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria, and then registered with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) as a professional football club. The Kano Pillars drew an average home league attendance of 10,000 in the 2016 league season.
In the 2020/2021 NPFL season, Kano Pillars were fined a whopping sum of ₦7,500,000.00 for failing to follow the orders of the LMC and NFF, which prohibited fans from viewing live games in the stadium. Fans disrupted a top table clash between Akwa United and Kano Pillars. The game ended 0-0 after it was concluded the following day.
They were relegated from NPFL on 16 July 2022 following the confirmation of a verdict against them for the deduction of 3 points, despite an appeal which the NFF committee disregarded against their complaint. The verdict on them was a penalty for what their former chairman did to match officials in their encounter with Dakkada FC
2009 Champions League
They are also nicknamed "Ahly Killers" as they scored 2 magnificent goals in Egypt and drew with Al Ahly Cairo in Egypt 2–2 and 1–1 in Nigeria, so the Ahly Killers went to the Group stage in the African Champions League on the away goals rule. They made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated against fellow Nigerian team Heartland.
- Champions (4): 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013, 2014.
- Runners-up (1): 2009–10.
- Winners (2): 2019, 1953
- Runners-up (2): 1991, 2018.
- Nigerian super cup. 1.winners 2008.
- "'Nigerian super four"'. (runners up)2.
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 6 appearances
- CAF Confederation Cup: 0 appearance
As of 12 February 2023
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Head Coach/Technical Adviser
- Tukur Babangida
- general manager
- Umar Babangida (Little)
- General Coordinator
- Salisu Yaro
- Kit Manager
- Habibu Zubair Abubakar
- Marketing Manager
- Malik Jabir (2008–) (Technical Adviser)
- Ahmed Pele Abdu
- Ladan Bosso
- Baba Ganaru
- Kadiri Ikhana (1991), (1997–98), (2007–08), (2016–date)
- Ivo Sajh (2009)
- ^ "BBC News Online | Africa | Sport | Cup of Nations | Venue Guide | Kano".
- ^ "LMC fines Pillars N7.5m over fans violence". Punch Newspapers. 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
- ^ Pillars relegated after losing appeal (Goal.com)