Kano Pillars on Sunday held on to top spot in the Nigeria league to end the first round champions after a 2-0 win over El Kanemi.
Champions Pillars now have 36 points from 19 games.
Kabiru Umar opened scoring for the home team in the 33rd minute for his fourth goal of the campaign, before Mustapha Musa made it two on the stroke of half time.
Kabiru Umar said that he is delighted that he is getting the goals and enough playing time now.
”I am happy things are going as I wanted, I have more playing time now and getting the goals. I will keep doing my best to get more,” said Umar.
El Kanemi Warriors vice-chairman Modu Adamu Bata asserted that the referee was fair but his boys failed to play in the first half.
”It was a nice game, a fair officiating. We lost the game because my boys did not play well in the first half and I don’t know why. We played very well in the second half though,” Modu Bata said.
Gombe United thrashed Akwa United 4-1. Akwa United gave the host a scare by taking the lead.
Bishop Onyeudo equalised for Gombe United to take his goal tally to 8 this season. Barnabas and Babangida with a brace were the other goal scorers