Kano Pillars’ Junior Lokosa continued his blistering his form this season after his seventh goal of the season and another from substitute, Adamu Hassan handed them a 2-0 win over MFM in Sunday's Nigeria Professional Football League encounter.
Lokosa scored the curtain-raiser from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute after Uwaga Chuka had handled the ball in the area with substitute, Hassan making it 2-0 in the 92nd minute.
Coach Ibrahim Musa opted for the same players that defeated Plateau United in midweek with the only change being Chris Madaki who sustained an injury against Kennedy Boboye's men getting replaced with Idris Aloma but MFM’s Fidelis Ilechukwu made six changes to his side that narrowly beat Wikki Tourists 2-1 in Lagos in their last game.
Goalkeeper Folarin Abayomi was dropped to the bench in place of Ospino Egbe while Julius Emiloju, Austin Opara, Tschato Giscard, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Olawale Abisoye had their shirts taken up by Jonathan Zikiye, Uwaga, Bashiru Monsuru, Peter Ubankama and Wilfred Ammeh in the starting 11.
There was no much to separate between both teams in the first half with Pillars having all their attacking forays nullified by the desperate MFM defenders who were out to secure their first away points of the season with their Caf Champions League Preliminary Round, first leg tie barely a week away. The first half ended goalless.
The hosts came into the second half very forceful and resourceful than they were in the first and it was no surprise they found the ascendancy five minutes into it when Lokosa calmly slotted his spot-kick beyond the reach of Egbe in goal for the Olukoya Boys.
Pillars made effort to double the lead but were met with strong resistance from the visitors until Hassan found the back of the net in the 92nd minute with only his first touch of the match since he came on as a late replacement.
Pillars have now acquired 14 points from seven games and are still third in the league table ahead of their next weekend tie with Sunshine Stars in Akure while MFM slid to 11th in the league standings with nine points from as many games.