Abuja - The Chairman of Kano Pillars FC, Abba Galadima, on Wednesday said that the defending champions were on the verge of winning the Globacom Premier League title back-to-back with three matches outstanding.
Galadima said via telephone in Lagos that the players had been highly motivated to ensure they were able to defend their title successfully.
Kano Pillars moved to the top of the league table on Tuesday, after defeating Enyimba FC of Aba 1-0 in a rescheduled encounter, played at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
Kano Pillars has been banished to Lokoja for its home matches because of a controversial match involving the team and Enyimba in Kano.
Manir Ubale’s stoppage time goal was all Pillars needed to guarantee their place at the top of the log with 60 points from 35 matches played.
"We are doing everything possible to lift the trophy back-to-back and with three games left in the league, we’re even more determined to ensure we don’t drop from the top.
"The players are willing to give their best, even more because the motivation is there. Pillars is a club that strives for excellence and that’s why we’ve been consistent,” Galadima said.
The chairman confirmed that the winning bonuses of the players were doubled following their victory over Enyimba on Tuesday.
He assured that the players would be paid their entitlements once the team arrived back in Kano from Lokoja.
"I can confirm that the winning bonuses of the players have been doubled. The management felt the need to do so because the team’s performance was outstanding.
"I can guarantee that the players will be paid their winning bonuses as soon as we arrive in Kano.
"Also, it was a victory over our title contenders and I believe the victory will decide who wins the league at the end of the season,” he said.
Enyimba is second on the table with 59 points from 35 matches, Bayelsa United third with 58 points, while El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri are fourth with 57 points.