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Kano Pillars
Kano Pillars F.C.
Full name Kano Pillars Football Club
Nickname(s) Masu Gida
Founded 1990
Ground Sani Abacha Stadium
Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
Ground Capacity 16,000[1]
Chairman Tukur Babangida[2]
Manager Ibrahim A.Musa (Interim)
League Nigerian Premier League
2015 8th
Website Club website

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[edit]

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[edit]

2009 – Semi-finals
2011 – First Round
2013 – First Round
2014 – Preliminary Round
2015 – First Round

Current players[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
1 Nigeria GK Yusuf Mohammed
2 Nigeria Nura Ibrahim
3 Nigeria DF Adamu Murtala
4 Cameroon MF Joel Djondang
5 Nigeria DF Jamiu Alimi
6 Nigeria DF Zaharaddeen Bello
7 Nigeria Kabiru Balogun
8 Nigeria Adamu Muhammad
9 Nigeria FW Mohammed Gambo
10 Nigeria Rabiu Ali
11 Nigeria Amos Gyang
12 Nigeria Sikiru Kamal
13 Nigeria FW Musa Najere
14 Nigeria Mubarak Sa'id
15 Nigeria Nafiu Bala Kabuga
16 Nigeria Nafiu Ibrahim
17 Nigeria MF Shagari Shehu
18 Nigeria Bala Zakka
No. Position Player
19 Nigeria Hamza Abba Tiya
20 Nigeria Nazifi Yahya
21 Nigeria GK Ibrahim Pius
22 Nigeria GK David Obiozor
23 Nigeria Muhammad Jiya
24 Nigeria DF Emmanuel Anyanwu
25 Nigeria Abdulrazak Aliyu
26 Nigeria DF Chinedu Udoji
27 Nigeria Victor Denis
28 Nigeria Hamza Aliyu
29 Niger Alhassan Kamalou
30 Nigeria Chris Madaki
31 Nigeria GK Danladi Isah
32 Nigeria Muntari Ali Kwaru
33 Nigeria DF Idris Aloma
34 Nigeria Fahad Usman
35 Nigeria Ibrahim Alassan
38 Nigeria Yusif Maigoro
40 Nigeria Jamilu Muhammad


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

Notable coaches[edit]


External links[edit]