Kano Pillars F.C.
|Full name||Kano Pillars Football Club|
|Ground||Sani Abacha Stadium
|League||Nigerian Premier League|
|Website||Club home page|
Kano Pillars Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Kano. They play in the top division in Nigerian football, the Nigerian Premier League. Their home stadium is Sani Abacha Stadium. Kano Pillars FC was founded in 1990, the year professional league was started in Nigeria. It was an amalgamation of three amateur clubs in Kano State which gave birth to Kano Pillars FC.
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 Akademisk Boldklub in Denmark and the recent international player from Kano Pillars FC is Ahmed Musa who played for VVV-Venlo in Netherlands and now playing in CSKA Moscow. It was registered as a limited liability company with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, and then registered with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) as a professional football club.
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
- Runners-up (1): 1991
- Winners (1): 2007–08
- Runners-up (1): 2012
Home unbeaten run since 21st of June 2003 when they lost to Julius Berger F.C.
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 3 appearances
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Head Coach
- Okey Emordi
- Technical Adviser
- Ibrahim Haruna
- General Manager
- Umar Babangida (Little)
- General Coordinator
- Salisu Yaro
- Kit Manager
- Habibu Zubair Abubakar
- Marketing Manager
- Sani Lawal Mohammed
- Malik Jabir (2008–) (Technical Adviser)
- Ahmed Pele Abdu
- Ladan Bosso
- Baba Ganaru
- Kadiri Ikhana (1991), (1997–98), (2007–08)
- Ivo Sajh (2009)
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