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Kano Pillars' Ibrahim Musa set sights on NPFL top spot with Akwa United win

12:58 PM MYT 04/05/2018
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Having subdued the Promise Keepers, the Sai Masu Gida gaffer has revealed his quest to claim the top spot of the Nigerian topflight

Kano Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa says he is targeting the top spot of the Nigerian topflight log after Wednesday's 1-0 win over Akwa United at the Sani Abacha Stadium.

After a 2-0 home win over Heartland last Sunday, the Sai Masu Gida Boys desperately wanted a back-to-back win against Abdu Maikaba's men, who gained an away draw at Enyimba in Kano.

It was Rabiu Ali's solitary strike from the spot in the first half that helped the four-time title champions edged past the visitors and moved three points adrift of leaders Lobi Stars.

Though pleased by the narrow win, coach Musa still rued their wastefulness in front of goal, especially in the first half against the reigning Federation Cup winners.

"It was a good win for us and a great performance from my boys [against Akwa United]," Musa told Goal.

"We really played well and created a lot of chances in the match. We should have won by three to four goals if we converted some of our opportunities in the first half. 

"We remembered when they defeated us here last season and planned not to allow that happen again by not giving them much space. They (Akwa United) played well but we were the better side.

He further revealed his side's target to earn their first away win of the season against the Naze Millionaires at the Dan Anyiam Stadium on Sunday

"I'm happy we won and things are shaping up for us. We are second now and we will focus on getting our first win in Owerri [against Heartland].

"At this moment, we must keep working hard to get points to reach the top because that is where we aim to be."

With the win, Kano Pillars are now second with 30 points from 19 games and will travel to Owerri to face Heartland on Sunday.