Match preview: Kano Pillars vs Rivers United


Kano Pillars and Rivers United clash in the day’s big Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.

When the two sides met in the reverse fixture on April 17, United prevailed 1-0 at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Port Harcourt with winger, Bernard Ovoke netting the winner late in the second half.

United are flying this term and currently sit in third place on the NPFL log while Pillars rather surprisingly occupy 10th place on the standings.

Pillars will be looking to respond after losing their last NPFL game 0-1 to Nasarawa United at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi on Thursday.

United will however be looking to claim a heart-warming result in Kano with the club’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma explaining that his side have arrived the Pyramid City with a positive mind set.

“Kano is always a difficult place to go to because you do not just play against very good players but the atmosphere is always charged as their fans usually turn out in large numbers.

“The league has not ended yet so we need to work above our capacity.

“So many other clubs are fighting for honours so much and the pressure is immense,” Eguma told Rivers United Media.

Pillars have underwhelmed this season but they are still a difficult proposition for anyone especially when they play in Kano.

Jonathan Zikiye is an integral member of the Pillars side and he is sure Pillars will perform creditably on Sunday.

“I know we will win on Sunday because we have a very good team.

“We are able to hold our own. We are a very strong unit wherever we play in the country,” he said.

The stakes are high and Sunday’s contest promises to be intriguing.


Form guide (last five NPFL matches)

Kano Pillars (LLWLW)

Kano Pillars 3-0 Lobi Stars (Home)

Kano Pillars 1-2 Enyimba (Away)

Kano Pillars 1-0 MFM FC (Home)

Kano Pillars 1-2 FCIU (Away)

Kano Pillars 0-1 Nasarawa (Away)


Rivers United (WWLWW)

Rivers United 2-0 Shooting Stars (Home)

Rivers United 0-1 Sunshine Stars (Away)

Rivers United 0-1 El Kanemi Warriors (Away)

Rivers United 2-0 Ikorodu United (Home)

Rivers United 1-0 Heartland (Home).