Kano Pillars are bookmakers favourite to clinch the Nigeria Premier League this season but to a cross section of their fans that will be possible if they get an alternative option to top scorer Gambo Mohammed.
Owngoalnigeria.com was in the stands during the Kano based team 2-2 draw against Lobi Stars in Makurdi and from the ends of fans of Kano Pillars, their captain Gambo Mohammed won’t help their cause to win the league.
To them Gambo is not a bad striker but that turn of pace and tricks that made him a feared force are no longer a feature of his game which they say make him to be static in most of their game waiting for the ball instead of dragging defenders from their position with runs through the channels.
They argued while the team have succeeded in bringing in fresh legs in other areas of the team the top striker role to them need a forward with fresh ideas.
In defence with the recent recruitment of Jamiu Alimi and Jonathan Zikiye they have injected pace and youthfulness to their backline to complement the experience they already have.
Ifeanyi Matthew and Sadeeq Yusuf are two recent acquisitions who have both galvanised the team midfield providing the fulcrum for Rabiu Ali to shine in a creative role.
However in attack they fault the top striker position presently anchored by their captain even though they are pleased with the contributions of Prince Aggrey another player that has the youthful vigour they lacked last season.
Their argument is further hinged on the fact that the back up striker to Gambo Mohammed is Bala Mohammed another veteran like their captain who gives them nothing extra or new even when he comes on.