On April 13, Kano Pillars officially confirmed that former Leicester City star and current Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has made a comeback to the Sai Masu Gida for the remainder of the 2020-21 NPFL.
Due to the delay caused by the unfortunate COVID-19, the season started late and is now almost halfway through. Musa’s entry is right on time as Kano Pillars’ 36 points and 19 matches are on par with the Kwara United.
The latter leads the league rankings owing to the 13 GD (goal difference) points, whereas the former has seven.
The contract includes a clause allowing him to leave when and if he can find a club in Europe.
Hopefully, it won’t be any time soon because he refused to deny or confirm the circulating offers from England, Russia, and Turkey.
He has been a free agent since leaving Saudi Arabian Al-Nassr F.C. in October 2020.
A two-way plan
The plan was first proposed by Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Shehu Dikko, the governor of Kano City and the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), respectively.
The latter stood as the mediator to the deal between Kano Pillars and Musa.
Apart from boosting the image of the club and the league, it also helps the player to get in shape for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June.
As Musa joined his boyhood club after more than a decade is such a wistful image. He expressed his sentiments to the BBC Sport Africa saying, ‘Anything that improves the image of Nigerian football is something that I strive to embark on and Kano Pillars holds a special place in my heart’.
His gratitude to the team is over the hill stating, ‘It’s the team that helped me become the professional footballer I am today, so this is more than just football but a very strong bond’.
One way or another, it was also his 18 goals that brought Kano Pillars to the championships in 2009 before moving to VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, thus the beginning of his fruitful overseas career.
On the other side of the party, seasoned media officer Rilwanu Idris Malikawa shared that the club family are happy to welcome him back. They even wished him protection under Allah’s guidance.
Played from 2011 to 2016 and loaned in the 2017-18 season, he accrued a total of 48 goals in the Russian Premier League.
Then on July 8, 2016, he joined Leicester City with a palpable club record of £16.6 million.
Kano Pillars’ latest games
The six-point GD between Kano Pillars and Kwara Utd is a fierce challenge. The former’s last five games are four wins and one loss, including their 2-0 win against the latter.