Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has dissolved the board of Kano Pillars Football Club, describing it as a terrible disappointment.
The governor further directed the Chairman of the state Sports Commission to draft a proposal on a new proactive board that would work towards restoring the glory of the club.
Giving the directive when he received players of Kano Pillars Basketball team who visited him in his office, the governor, who was recalled that when he was deputy governor, he was overseeing the affairs of the club, giving them the desired support as a result of which they kept performing well.
“I made sure they got what they wanted and I even went to the extent of investing my personal resources in the club to ensure that they succeeded.
Now that I am the governor, the most shameful thing is that despite putting somebody whom I know to head the board, regardless of all the support from the state government, the team is in disarray and has failed horribly”, he lamented.
Regretting the dwindling fortunes of the club, Ganduje stated: “I advised them on the strategy to adopt to remain on top of the league and I told them we were ready to follow their plans.
Unfortunately, the issue of money became more important to them than that of performance. They pursued personal and monetary interests and could not maintain their position”.
Governor Ganduje, however, assured that the club would soon be resuscitated as the government is determined to get a new board, a competent coach as well as find good players, at whatever cost, to forge ahead.
Turning to Kano Pillars Basketball Club, the governor, who recalled his exploits as a first five player during his secondary school days promised to support the team to retain its position as the best team in West Africa, as the prepare for the sub-regional basketball championship coming up in the next few days.
The chairman of the state Sports Commission, Alh. Ibrahim Galadima assured that the players would use the power of sports to project the image of Kano and the state government.
“We are now number one in Basketball, number one in Taekwondo and number three in Handball. Sooner than later, we shall dominate all sports in appreciation of your remarkable interest in sports development”, he assured the governor.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Director – General, Media and Communications,
Government House, Kano