The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has given all Kano Pillars players and officials $1,000 (N360,000) each, as a “preliminary gesture” for winning Aiteo Cup in Kaduna.
The Kano team broke the 66-year jinx after defeating Niger Tornadoes 4-3 on penalties after regulation time ended 0-0.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Abba Anwar, said more bounties would come for the victorious team during the upcoming Award Dinner Night few days to come.
“We are giving you this One Thousand Dollar ($1,000) to each and every player, with members of your technical committee. I think your number is forty (40). This is just one out of other gestures to come your way.”
According to the statement, the governor announced the reward when the team visited him in his office on Monday for official presentation of the trophy to the governor.
While acknowledging their skilful encounter, which culminated into victory, Mr Ganduje assured them of his continued support and commitment towards the development of the club and other sporting activities in the state.
“Kano Pillars is the best football team in Nigeria. And all Nigerians know this and they understand this very well, when Pillars beats Niger Tornadoes. We have every reason to celebrate. Our players are disciplined, committed and extremely patriotic.
“We are proud with our youth. We are proud of you Kano Pillars. This victory means a lot to us,” he said.
It was his administration resolve to give good care of sporting activities that he decided to come up with new Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
A trophy which he said “…eluded our state for over 60 years, is now being won by this great team. We have every reason to rejoice with you our dear Pillars. We shall do everything possible for your development.”
He revealed that the state government would host them in a special and befitting state dinner, when he would unveil some surprises as a way of displaying his appreciation and that of the people of Kano state.
“When the final reached inconclusive stage I knew we were going to win the trophy. As masters of inconclusivity we finally made it. And also I wasn’t very surprised when Pillars made it. Because we have a composition of highly skilful and talented players,” he said.
The Chairman of the Pillars Suraj Shu’aibu Yahaya commended the governor for all his efforts in moving the club forward, assuring that, “My tenure as a Chairman of this great club would maintain discipline in the club. Yes our players are disciplined and they would remain so and improve upon.”