Kano Pillars F.C.
|Full name||Kano Pillars Football Club|
|Ground||Sani Abacha Stadium
Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
|Manager||Ibrahim A.Musa (Interim)|
|League||Nigerian Premier League|
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 in which the professional association football league 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 AB in Denmark and a notable player from Kano Pillars FC is Ahmed Musa who plays 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 of 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.
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 21 June 2003 when they lost to Julius Berger FC Ended after 12 years with loss to Nasarawa United August 2015.
Performance in CAF competitions
- CAF Champions League: 5 appearances
As of 14 January 2017
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
- Sani Lawal Mohammed
- Malik Jabir (2008–) (Technical Adviser)
- Ahmed Pele Abdu
- Ladan Bosso
- Baba Ganaru
- Kadiri Ikhana (1991), (1997–98), (2007–08), (2016-date)
- Ivo Sajh (2009)
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