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RE: N55 million shirt sponsorship deal tears Kano Pillars FC apart, board members query club chairman



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By Abdulgafar Oladimeji.

Kano Pillars football; club chairman, Babangida Umar a.k.a has issued a press release in reaction to the story published by pyramidsportsnews.com with the title “N55 million shirt sponsorship deal tears Kano Pillars FC apart, board members query club chairman”

The viral statement attributed to the club chairman does not deserve our precious time and pen, for the following reason, the club boss erred by issuing a statement rather than issue a rejoinder, herein he goofed.

The press release was not signed by himself nor either of his media aides with their names appended to the press release in compliance with editorial mandate for an attribution, when such statements are issued.

However, since the statement has gone viral on the internet, we deem it imperative to act appropriately, because the internet does not forget.

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Babangida ‘s reply to our story said “FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE . Date: October 13, 2023. Kano Pillars Football Club Addresses Recent Reports” this in our editorial judgment is an affront and assault on the truth, which is the bedrock of public office, which he occupies.

Babangida Umar Little said “unequivocally states that these reports are unfounded.” But went further to say. “ Chairman Alhaji Babangida Umar assures the public that there has been no dispute among the board members concerning the fifty-five-million-Naira shirt sponsorship deal.

The above statement attributed to the club chairman confirms our story that there was a indeed a N55 million shirt deal, he however failed to clarify or pretend over our report, that one Sani Ibrahim wrote a petition against him concerning the issue or not.

The club honcho in his statement had failed to explain, why the board members are asking for an explanation on how much was spent on the NNL trip to Asaba, Delta state?.

Why did his board members accuse him of their alleged been sidelined by working with members of staff of the Kano state sports Commission.KSSC.

Other question begging for answer is Why is he been accused to have undertaking the arbitrary decision to relocate the club secretariat from Sani Abacha stadium to KSSC office?

It is common knowledge at all sports rendezvous in Kano that KPFC board Members are asking the club chairman for clarification on the expenditures bordering on the club trip to Akure to honour NPL MD 1 in Akure, Ondo state. This release has rather than clarify issues is travelling the path of ridicule.

How candid is Babangida in his statement, that they are all in unison , even when some board members are threatening him with impeachment moves, which is unheard in the history of the club.

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Babangida has failed to provide counter narratives on how, when and where he engaged the board members before proceeding to take major decision, which has sparked off the widely known crisis that is brewing in the club.

The club chairman said “ the marketing department is in discussions with various private organizations regarding potential partnership and sponsorship agreements. In the event that these discussions lead to agreements, the public will be duly informed.

If like stated above the chairman has confirmed there was a shirt deal, sealed and unsealed , why did it took him this long to make it public, until our story was published, which is part of our duties anyway, Kano Pillars is owned by Kano state government, therefore the club is owned by the people of Kano, not Alhaji Babangida and his clique and could be placed under the lens of the media.

In the statement , Alhaji Babangida Umar said he “ acknowledges the vital role that journalists play as partners in progress. “ if this is true why did Muhammad Wasilu Kawo , A A Chiko and Tijjani Shehu the trio critical media practitioners resign from his media committee, few weeks after they were set up by the club boss.

The trio in their resignation messages made public through the personal social media handles had accused the club chairman of dictatorship, favoritism and discrimination.

Further, if truly Babangida is conversant with how sacrosanct the media is in the business of football, why is he having running battles with some media practitioners(name withheld ) that had rendered some media services to the club at some pointing time before he was appointed the club chairman.

If Babangida is fraternal with the media and its potentials in a big club like Kano Pillars, why is that the club cannot boast of the simplest social media handles, today Kano Pillars media properties is the most abused in the world, anyone can sit in his bedroom and a create a Kano Pillars social media property on the cyber space.

Further questions begging for answers is, why is Kano Pillars under your watch parading the least of modern media gadgets

He also said “He encourages them to be bridge builders rather than destroyers and pledges to remain accessible for clarification on any team-related matters.” This is amazing, when did being held accountable , for occupying public office amounts to been destructive, typical of a assumed tyrant in words .

That the clarification statement issued by the club chairman was shared on social media spaces by his media aide, but was not signed by either of them by appending their names to it, is simply a clear indicator that they are not with you on the fallacious, ungodly, reprehensible, ex communicated statement you issued, we so hold.

Babangida said Several board members expressed dismay with the recent write-up, characterizing it as an attempt to sow confusion within the team. “ We challenge you to mention their names, as journalists some of them have taken us into confidence disassociating themselves from this statement.

As a reputable media organization under the management of seasoned sports journalists, we make bold to say our responsibility is to exposed issues that may mar development,

Babangida, we presume is used to PR and does not have the skin to accommodate fact based journalism and is yet to wake up to the reality of been engaged with facts, as against the banal atmosphere of yeo and man Friday style of journalism.

Kano Pillars fc is the darling club of the people of Kano and northern Nigeria at large , no true Kano son or daughter or distant, supporter, fan and follower of Sai Masu Gida will fold their hands akimbo and see the team go back to the dark season that invoked so much pain on their cheeks .

The club chairman should tap from the wide experience of sports journalist around him and also be wise to shun sycophants parading themselves as his unofficial media consultants.

In his closing remarks, Babangida said “They urge all stakeholders to come together to ensure the sustained success that the club is currently experiencing in the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League season and discourage any actions that could hinder progress. KPFC Media.”


SWAN Urges Government to Appoint Technocrats to Manage Sports Affairs



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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kano State Chapter, appeals to the Kano State Government to appoint competent technocrats and professionals with vast knowledge of sports to manage the affairs of Kano Pillars FC and all other sports sectors in the state.

SWAN stated this in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano.

The move the said will yield positive outcomes and elevate the standard of sports in Kano State.

The statement signed by Zahraddin Sale chairman and secretary Muhammad Nur said SWAN also calls for the renovations and upgrading of Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano Pillars Stadium, Mahaha Sports Complex, Ado Bayero Square, and all other sporting facilities in the state.

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They said this will provide conducive environments for athletes to thrive and host national and international events.

To support the development of sports in Kano State, SWAN Kano Chapter has established an advisory committee comprising experienced and intellectual members who are willing and ready to serve in any capacity. Our committee has a comprehensive blueprint to develop sports in the state.

SWAN Kano State Chapter, sympathizes with the current crises affecting Kano Pillars FC. We understand the challenges the team is facing and urge all stakeholders to work together to resolve the issues. Our thoughts are with the players, coaches, and fans during this difficult time. We believe in the resilience of the club and the passion of its supporters. We hope for a swift resolution and a return to success for Kano Pillars FC.

We wish the state government and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Kano, success in their endeavors and look forward to collaborating with them to promote sports in Kano State.


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How Clever Warriors FC Kano Clinch New Year Mega Lottery NLO 2024 first round playoff ticket




By Musbahu Bala Cediyar

Nationwide League One, NLO campaigners, Clever Warriors FC had staged a dazzling display to outwit their SAS opposition to clinch the ticket from Kano centre, to be on parade in the 2024 first-round playoff.

The Kano lads shake off their near-dismissive performance last season to rebound back to outshine their city rivals, this season

The club tutored by NNL promotion specialist, Bashir Lemy Adede are joyous in reaping the dividends of hard work and dedication , they exhibit style and bravery to win the play-off ticket

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Clever Warriors were ruthless by wining all their three matches in the second round duel. After an excellent display in the first stanza of eight matches .” won 6 games and drew 2 “ to ascend the bridge that leads to NNL.

Warriors had advanced to the Play-Off games, set to confront their play-off opposition, Barau FC who had topped the Dutse centre.

Club proprietor , Najib Sabo Kurawa is been attributed with the energy that flows within the club, as they prepare to do the next battle against Barau fc,on May 29th, at Bwari stadium FCT Abuja..

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Talent Hunt: Kanu Nwankwo storm Kano , on football spying mission. Set to partner with Azuba FC



Talent Hunt: Kanu Nwankwo storm Kano , on football spying mission. Set to partner with Azuba FC Nigeria's football hero, Kanu Nwakwo has arrived the ancient city of Kano to conduct a catch young football scouting exercise.


Nigeria’s football hero, Kanu Nwankwo has arrived the ancient city of Kano to conduct a catch young football scouting exercise.

The former English Premier League , EPL attack maestro last Monday stormed the city accompanied by his retinue of aides, to execute a five days long football talent identification and recruitment programme organised by a Kano based grassroot clubside, Azuba fc .

The former Arsenal and Porthmouth football club in the English league goal poacher and now the incumbent , chairman, Eyimba fc International , in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL side, Papilo as he is pouplarly called by his fans , last Tuesday at Sani Abacha stadium was sighted , while indulged in a players mentoring session, where he tutored the privileged players on the power and essence of develooping their mental strenght to compliment their skills inorder to flourish in the pursuit of their football career.

The chairman, Azuba fc, the organizer and sponsors of the exercise, Ahmed Zubairu Baba expressed delight over the presence of the renowned football ace turned club administrator.

Ahmed said ” we are delighted to offer, the abundant young Kano football players the platform to excel in their career.

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According to him, Kanu Nwankwo ‘s presence in the midst of the youngsters is a moral booster that can further heightened the urge of the players to pursue their career with positive energy and newly acquired vigor henceforth.

He further said ” the short , mid and long term partnership objectives between Azuba fc and Eyimba football club have been well laid out.

He added that ‘ Eyimba has signed a partnership with a foriegn club that is interested in young talented players, “we brought them here to assess our players and to give them the chance to excel too, we are hopeful that the relationship will extend beyond discovery and recruitment of players, hoping we will arrive at the shores of kits sponsorship and facility development, in the renarest future, courtesy of this new football marriage between Azuba and Eyimba football club.” Ahned said.

Speaking on the motive behind their football visit to Kano, the Sporting Director, Eyimba FC International, Ifeanyi Ekwueme disclosed that their mission to Kano is to have a first hand assessment of the quality of the players that can be given the chance.to proceed to join the most renown football brand from Nigeria, Eyimba fc .

The well travelled ex international , Ekwueme as he is fondly called by his admirers, further revealed that, Eyimba FC under the management of Kanu Nwankwo is leaving no stone unturned in the quest to unearth football talents from all nooks.and crannies and bring them to Aba, where they will be polished in tune with Eyimba fc football eco system , which boasts of one of the best African football culture and development traditon that exists on the African continent and sahelian football region , Ekwueme said

He assured that the exercise will not end in futility, hinting that, Eyimba eagle eye scouts have commenced the combing of Kano for exceptional legs .

Ekwueme on behalf of their entourage thanked.his Excellency, the executive governor.of Kano state, Eng Abba Kabir Yusuf and the good people of Kano for the warm reception been extended to them, since they arrived the state.

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