Kano Pillars F.C.

Kano Pillars Football Club is a Nigerian football club based in Kano. They play in the top division in Nigerian football, the Nigerian Premier League. Their home stadium is Sani Abacha Stadium. Kano Pillars FC was founded in 1990, the year in which the professional association football league started in Nigeria. It was an amalgamation of three amateur clubs in Kano State which gave birth to Kano Pillars FC.

Kano Pillars
Full nameKano Pillars Football Club
Nickname(s)Masu Gida
GroundSani Abacha Stadium
Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
ChairmanTukur Babangida[2]
ManagerIbrahim A.Musa (Interim)
LeagueNigerian Premier League
WebsiteClub website


Founded in 1990, By Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima former chairman Nigeria Football Association and former sport commissioner of Kano, from the combination of WRECA FC, Kano Golden Stars and Bank of the North FC, Kano Pillars achieved outstanding success by winning the 2007–08 Nigerian Premier League. Kano Pillars produced players like Abiodun Baruwa who has since played for Swiss, Austrian, Welsh and British Clubs and Sani Kaita who later plays for Sparta Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Another Prominent player is Ahmed Garba 'Yaro Yaro' who later plays for AB in Denmark and a notable player from Kano Pillars FC is Ahmed Musa who plays for Leicester City in the English Premier league after joining from CSKA Moscow. It was registered as a limited liability company with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, and then registered with the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) as a professional football club. The Kano Pillars drew an average home league attendance of 10,000 in the 2016 league season.

2009 Champions League

They are also nicknamed "Ahly Killers" as they scored 2 magnificent goals in Egypt and drew with Al Ahly Cairo in Egypt 2–2 and 1–1 in Nigeria, so the Ahly Killers went to the Group stage in the African Champions League on the away goals rule. They made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated against fellow Nigerian team Heartland


Champions (4): 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013, 2014.
Runners-up (1): 2009–10.
Winners (1): 2019.
Runners-up (2): 1991, 2018.
Winners (1): 2007–08.
Runners-up (1): 2012.

Home unbeaten run since 21 June 2003 when they lost to Julius Berger FC Ended after 12 years with loss to Nasarawa United August 2015.

Performance in CAF competitions

2009 – Semi-finals
2011 – First Round
2013 – First Round
2014 – Preliminary Round
2015 – First Round

Current players

As of 14 January 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 GK Yusuf Muhammad
2 DF Auwalu Ali Malam
3 DF Adamu Murtala
4 DF Joel Djondang
5 MF Samuel Daniel
10 MF Rabiu Ali
12 MF Sikiru Kamal
17 MF Manu Garba
19 FW Adamu Hassan Lawal
20 FW Nazifi Yahya
21 FW Junior Lokosa
22 GK David Obiozor
No. Position Player
23 FW Emmanuel Adoyi
24 DF Emmanuel Anyanwu
27 DF Victor Dennis
28 FW Nwagua Nyima
29 MF Ojebisi Adewale
30 DF Chris Madaki
31 GK Danladi Isah
33 DF Idris Aloma
34 DF Fahad Usman
35 MF Alhassan Ibrahim
38 MF Yusuf Maigoro
40 MF Jamil Muhammad


Head Coach/Technical Adviser
  • Ibrahim A. Musa
  • Tukur Babangida
general manager
  • Umar Babangida (Little)
General Coordinator
  • Salisu Yaro
Kit Manager
  • Habibu Zubair Abubakar
Marketing Manager
  • Sani Lawal Mohammed

Notable coaches


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