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Ikorodu plot Pillars fall

By John Egbokhan

All of a sudden, things seem to be looking up for Ikorodu United after their 3-1 victory over Heartland last weekend at the Onikan Stadium.

It was the second win in 14 games for the new boys in the top flight but was not enough to lift them out of the bottom of the table as they still have a paltry nine points, five less than closest rivals Giwa FC, bugged down with all their problems of inability of owner, Chris Giwa to pay the players salaries, despite having the guts to lay claim to the Presidency position of the Nigeria Football Federation.


After seeing the gallantry of Enyimba in the midweek defeat of Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Coach Sam Okpodu feels his Ikorodu United wards can take a cue from the Aba Elephants and do the near impossible by upsetting Pillars in their Kano domain.

Speaking to, Okpodu said his side were keen to sustain the winning momentum against Pillars..

“We know Kano Pillars and the environment will be quite different compared with what obtained in the clash against Heartland. We are heading to Kano to see how we can pick three points or a point against Kano Pillars.

“Everything and practice right now is strictly tailored on the clash at Pillars and our determination to eke a positive result in the tie. Our greatest motivation is the fact that we have proven a point that we could convincingly win a game but the sustenance of the bold statement is another different matter.

“However, we strongly believe that another positive result against Pillars will go a long way to cement the aura of progress and self belief around us. The players have been charged to forget the victory against Heartland but tighten their belts for the difficult clash at Pillars,” added Okpodu

But Pillars defender, Jamiu Alimi believes only a win against visiting Ikorodu United tomorrow will atone in some way for the loss to Enyimba.

“We must redeem ourselves by defeating Ikorodu United  and battle on in the title fight.”


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