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NPFL: Kano Pillars, Katsina Utd Lock Horns In North West Derby

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All eyes will be on Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, tomorrow, as former champions Kano Pillars battle Katsina United in matchday 21 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in a highly anticipated North West derby.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s ‘Changi Boys’ in their second season in the domestic’s top flight have given a good account of themselves by occupying third position on log with 30 points and two points less of second place Kano Pillars.

Both clubs have rich history, pedigree and will be highly prepared for this encounter considering how important it is to maintain their stand on the log and set the tone for the remainder of the campaign.

Speaking ahead of the match, Kano Pillars star striker and the leading scorer of the league, Junior Lokosa has warned ‘The Changi Boys’ that it will be business as usual when they meet at the Sani Abacha, tomorrow.

There was a minimal crowd violence scene at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium, Katsina when the first leg was played at the beginning of the season but the striker stated that they are just after the three maximum points at stake and are not expecting a reprisal attack from their fans as they are peace-loving people.

“We just want to go into the game to consolidate on the away draw we had against Heartland in Owerri last weekend and we are expecting nothing but the three points,” Lokosa told Goal.

“It was a very charged atmosphere in Katsina when we played the first leg but we were still able to record a 2-2 draw. It was not a good experience with what we went through in the hands of their fans but we are just going to concentrate on winning our game and not on what happened in the past.

“We have the best assemblage of fans in the league and they are very supportive of our aspiration to win the league title at the end of the season. They have promised to always support us and not do anything that will cause a setback.”

Lokosa has scored 16 goals from 19 games for Pillars and his goals have helped to lift Sai Masu Gida to second in the league log with 32 points from 20 matches.



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