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Kano Pillars, Giwa win first games

Kano Pillars

Glo Premier League champions Kano Pillars on Wednesday defeated Warri Wolves 2-0 in Kano. It was the first win this season for the champions. Pillars had a jerky start this term as they were bundled out of the CAF Champions League after just one game.

League debutants Giwa FC of Jos, who were just readmitted; also recorded a 1-0 win over Rangers in Jos to earn a win in their very first Premier League match. Edoh Ocheme scored off a deflection in the 35th minute. The major ball possession Rangers enjoyed through the 90minutes could not help secure an equaliser.

In Kano; it was double penalty kicks that gave Pillars the full points.

Theophilus Afelokhai shot them to the lead in the 36th via a penalty while Super Eagles attacker Rabiu Ali made it two in the 84th minute. Wolves were penalised after their defender handled the ball in his goal area.

Giwa were granted provisional approval to participate in the league on Tuesday after they were adjudged by the League Management Company to have substantially met four of the requirements listed by the Nigeria Football Federation at its emergency meeting. The members of the disciplinary committee considered the appeal made by Giwa and Nembe who were judged to have failed to meet the registration requirements at the start of the season. Giwa were expelled from the league alongside Nembe on March 6 for failing to meet the minimum requirement which included players’ minimum wage of N150,000 as well as an allegiance letter to the LMC among others.

In separate letters to the two clubs and signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, reference was made to the four conditions imposed by the NFF on the clubs and which they were to meet within seven days to be eligible to participate in the season. The conditions, the LMC officials stated, had now been met by Giwa.

 “The LMC can confirm that Plateau State Football Association officials have provided us evidence of discontinuance of cases filed against the LMC by associates of Giwa FC. This evidence has been verified by our Lawyers,” Abubakar was quoted as saying before the Wednesday game.

The Jos club will now face Warri Wolves at the Warri City Stadium on Sunday. Other matches against Kano Pillars, Dolphins and Sunshine Stars will be rescheduled.

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