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Can Pillars End Wikki’s Fairy Tale?

Pillars' Azeez Shobowale in action
Posted: Jun 18, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – It will be a battle of wits at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, as league leaders, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, welcome Kano Pillars, in one of the week 23 games across the country.
As promised when he spoke to Independent on Friday, Idris Malikawa, media officer of Pillars, has insisted that Pillars would do everything possible to shrug off the 2-2 home draw they recorded against Warri Wolves last week.
“We are aware of the threat Wikki will pose, but there is no special preparation for the match. It is a 90-minute affair and the match can go to any side; we are not afraid of them,” he said.
Pillars will travel to Bauchi on the back of a mixed fortune. In their last five encounters, Pillars won one, drew two and lost two, with the 1-2 loss to Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja still hurting them.
Wikki, on the other hand, have braced all odds to remain on top of the table. The Bauchi side won four of their last five matches, with last week’s draw in Owerri against Heartland being the only sore point.
Wikki will definitely depend on the lethal finishing of Godwin Obaje to wreck havoc on their visitors after the striker has demonstrated invincibility at home in recent matches. Obaje is currently the top scorer in the league, having scored 14. But in Rabiu Ali, Pillars’ captain, and Mohammed Gambo, Pillars have enough potent upfront to cause an upset in Bauchi.
The home side will draw strength from the fact that both Rivers United and Enugu Rangers are hot on their heels and they will be condemned to win the match, even though the duo faces tricky ties away to IfeanyiUba and Niger Tornadoes respectively. But a win for Pillars will take them to 36 points, still two points adrift of their hosts, who are on 38 points presently.
Speaking recently on the good run of his team, Obaje said that the secret remains commitment and willingness of the players to win every match. He said that the team has decided to take matches as they come.
“We are a united team and we decided to take every match as they come. The players play with much commitment and we desire to win every match,” he said.