By Jacob Ajom
After a hard fought season that earned them a CAF Champions League slot, players and officials of Kano Pillars were set free for a two-week break to enable them reunite with their families and loved ones with bags ofÂ goodies.
This was not without an instant request from the chairman, Alhaji Tukur Babangida who tasked the players to improve on their 2009 semi-final appearance in the CAF Champions League and go ahead to win the trophy next season.
Still, Babangida said management felt satisfied with the clubâ€™s campaign in the recently ended season and announced the release of 30% of the playersâ€™ sign on fees that made it 80% in total. Fifty per cent of their sign-on fees had been paid earlier. Members of the technical crew also enjoyed their share of the end-of-season largesse.
Babangida said “:the state government released N30 million and that was why management settled the playersâ€™ and members of the technical crew.
With this development, the chairmanÂ promised the 20% balance of the sign-on fees would be paid as soon as the money was released by the clubâ€™s sponsor, the Kano state government.
Alhaji Babangida commended the players and their coaches for their performance throughout the season which had given them a fresh opportunity to compete in the continentâ€™s premier club competition, CAF Champions league for the second time in three seasons.
Babangida who was head of national competitions in the Nigeria Football Association did not forget the contributions of their teeming supporters and the entire Nigerian football family to the teamâ€™s success at the recently concluded season.
Said he, â€œthey gave us maximum support and we cannot let them down.Â We cannot afford to disappoint them, particularly as a lot is expected of us in the coming season.â€
He hinted that the two-week break was not automatic as the players could be recalled should the need arise.