Kano Pillars handler Baba Ganaru has told Goal.com that his side is capable of retaining the Nigeria Professional Football League trophy.
Ganaru noted that his players and management are working hard to make it possible for them to still hold onto the trophy after they won their opening game of the league season away at Wikki Tourists on Sunday.
"I am a professional coach and I should be forward and positive in everything I do. That is why I am optimistic that we can go ahead to become champions again," Ganaru said.
"We have the same set of players that did well last season. And instead of losing our players, we fortified the team with quality boys who are also hungry for success.
"Playing in the continent is also an advantage because it will help us train very well. We have never lacked anything and the management are doing all they can to motivate the players.
"The victory over Wikki Tourists is just the beginning of better things to come for us this season.
"We are going to take each game as it comes. People will think I am boasting. But I am merely confident because if we do the right things, no team will be able to stop us.
"We are ready for the new season and only the best is good for us," Ganaru said.