Kano Pillars – Matches, players, stadium, news

Kano Pillars – Matches, players, stadium, news
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Kano Pillars Football Club, often referred to as “Sai Masu Gida,” is a prominent professional outfit hailing from the vibrant city of Kano, located in the North Western region of Nigeria.

The club's rich history and strong presence in Nigerian football have earned them a loyal fan base and a respected position within the sport.

Foundation of Kano Pillars

Established in 1990, Kano Pillars FC emerged onto the Nigerian football scene during a pivotal moment – the inception of the professional association football league in the country. The club's foundation was the result of a merger between three amateur clubs in Kano State: WRECA FC, Kano Golden Stars, and Bank of the North FC. This amalgamation marked the beginning of an exciting journey for Kano Pillars, underlining their commitment to excellence from the outset.

Kano Pillars triumphs and notable achievements

  • Nigerian Premier League

Champions (4): 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013, 2014.

Runners-up (1): 2009–10.

  • Nigerian FA Cup

Winners (2): 2019, 1953

Runners-up (2): 1991, 2018.

  • Nigerian Super Cup

Winners (1): 2008

  • Nigerian Super Four

Runners-up (2)

Current Kano Pillars Players (2023)

Here is a list of the players in the Kano Pillars Football Club as of 2023:


1. Ibrahim Iddrisu (Ghana)
2. Joshua Enaholo (Nigeria)
3. Suraj Ayeleso (Nigeria)


1. Ngweni Ndassi (Cameroon)
2. Sani Nasiru (Nigeria)
3. Musa Munkaila (Nigeria)
4. Emmanuel Anyanwu (Nigeria)
5. Chinedu Sunday Chukwu (Nigeria)
6. Victor Dennis (Nigeria)
7. Fahad Usman (Nigeria)
8. Usman Abbas (Nigeria)


1. Chinedu Ike (Nigeria)
2. Mustapha Salisu (Nigeria)
3. Rabiu Ali (Nigeria)
4. Chris Madaki (Nigeria)
5. Kokoete Udo (Nigeria)
6. Amia Kenneth Kumbur (Nigeria)
7. Mustapha Jibrin (Nigeria)
8. Yusuf Seun (Nigeria)
9. Aniekeme Okon (Nigeria)
10. Chibuike Ewenike (Nigeria)
11. Yusuf Maigoro (Nigeria)
12. Ali Abdullahi (Nigeria)


1. Joseph Yanki (Nigeria)
2. Bright Silas (Nigeria)
3. David Ebuka (Nigeria)
4. Nwagua Nyima (Nigeria)
5. Abbas Rabiu (Nigeria)
6. Umar Shehu (Nigeria)
7. Saidu Salisu (Nigeria)

Notable coaches and players of Kano Pillars FC

Notable Coaches

1. Malik Jabir (2008–) (Technical Advisor)
2. Ahmed Pele Abdu
3. Ladan Bosso (2011)
4. Baba Ganaru
5. Kadiri Ikhana (1991), (1997–98), (2007–08), (2016–date)
6. Ivo Sajh (2009)

Notable Players

1. Rabiu Ali
2. Ahmed Musa
3. Junior Lokosa
4. Chinedu Udoji
5. Ndubisi Chukunyere

Kano Pillars stadium: Sani Abacha Stadium

The Sani Abacha Stadium, situated in the vibrant city of Kano, Kano State, Nigeria, stands as a testament to the nation's passion for sports, particularly football and athletics. Primarily renowned for hosting exhilarating football matches and athletic events, this multi-purpose stadium serves as a focal point for sporting enthusiasm and competitive spirit.

The stadium proudly serves as the cherished home ground of the Kano Pillars Football Club, a prominent team in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). With a substantial capacity of 16,000 enthusiastic spectators, the Sani Abacha Stadium provides a spirited atmosphere that reverberates with cheers and support for the local heroes of Kano Pillars FC.

Named in honor of the late General Sani Abacha, a former military Head of State of Nigeria, the stadium reflects the respect and reverence held for this esteemed leader. The stadium's name pays homage to his legacy and stands as a symbol of the deep connection between sports and the nation's history.

The stadium has hosted significant international events like the 2000 African Cup of Nations and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Notably, during the 2017 NPFL season, Kano Pillars drew a record-breaking average attendance of 10,000 fans.

Kano Pillars Latest News

Gambo Mohammed, a familiar name in Nigerian football circles, has taken on a new role as assistant coach for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano Pillars, marking a triumphant return after their swift resurgence to the NPFL following a year of relegation. In his capacity, Mohammed will work closely with newly appointed head coach Abdulahi Maikaba.

Notably, Mohammed had been a pivotal figure in the coaching lineup of coach Evans Ogenyi, which secured a promotion ticket in Asaba. Having been a prominent striker for Kano Pillars, he played a vital role in the team's NPFL title conquests in both 2013 and 2014.

Mohammed's wealth of experience is poised to play a pivotal role for Kano Pillars in the upcoming 2023-24 NPFL season, as they strive to uphold their esteemed status as a premier football club. Worth mentioning is his past affiliation with Katsina United during his active playing days.

Kano Pillars Matches

As of now, the eagerly anticipated NPFL fixtures for Kano Pillars are yet to be released. The upcoming NPFL season is set to kick off on August 26.

This article was most recently revised and updated 11 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.