*We want to beat Kano Pillars silly
Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero the Wambai Kano, has described the humanitarian gestures of African Footballer of the Year Award Winner, Nwankwo Kanu as an enduring legacies, sportsmen and women in Nigeria should emulate.
Bayero who spoke when he received the duo of former Senegalese international and African footballer of the year winner, El-Hadji Diouf and Nwankwo Kanu in Kano as part of preparations for the forth coming Match-4-IDPs, said he is impressed by decision of the African legend to give back to the society through his philanthropic projects.
According him, if every Nigerian and African sportsmen and women who are successful in their various chosen careers follow the path of the Nigerian 1996 Olympic gold medallist, the society will be better of, saying, “I followed Kanu from his playing days at home to Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth, places he won honours and I must tell you as a Nigerian, I am proud of his feats.
“With your intention to join other African legends to play for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the North eastern part of the country, believe me though I love our darling team, Kano Pillars football club, I will support the Kanu-led team to win the match,” Wambai Kano said.
On his part, Kanu said that he is in love with the people of Kano, because of their overwhelming love for the game of football.
The game, according to him, though, is a friendly game, the star-studded legend side will teach the former Nigerian league champions, some soccer lessons which may compel some clubs to ask for their signature once again.
Meanwhile, the Chief coordinator for Match-4-IDPs, Abi Goodman said arrangements were in top gear to ensure a successful programme which will benefit the Internally Displaced Persons and deworming of children.
Goodman hinted that apart from tickets for the match, fans can also gain access into the stadium by buying a scratch card which the organisers have designed through online system as they win.