Kano Pillars fans would not enjoy the opportunity to watch their darling team when they file out to campaign in the 2020/2021 edition of the CAF Confederations Cup, owing to the challenge posed by the still ravaging COVID-19 disease.
Judicial Sketch checks revealed that Pillars’ home turf at Sani Abacha Stadium has been converted to a COVID-19 isolation centre by the state government.
Our correspondent who visited the stadium on Tuesday further reported that a giant isolation tent is standing erect on the artificial turf, while other structures to aide medical services were also situated on the playground.
The state deputy governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who also serves as the chairman of the state task force committee on COVID-19 had, in May 2020, announced that Sani Abacha stadium was converted into an isolation centre to support other designated facilities in the fight against the disease in the state.
The request by CAF to all clubs that would be competing in its inter club competitions to send forward the names of venues for their home matches has sent panic down the spines of football administrators in the state.
“We have been informed that the draws for CAF competitions would be held in Moroco on September 25th. A letter has been sent to Kano Pillars that the inspection team would be coming to Kano to inspect the stadium where Kano Pillars is expected to play its home matches”, a sports official in the state told Judicial Sketch.
He said he was not sure of the steps to be taken, considering the time limit. “Frankly, I don’t know the miracle that could be performed. Kano Pillars’ fans may not be entirely part of the fun.
“The revenue that would have accrued to the club and the business communities would now be loss to the state, and I think the only likely option is Kaduna because of the rivalry between Kano Pillars and Katsina United fans is unhealthy. Jigawa does not have the facility, so Kaduna remains the only option, except the club may relocate to Bauchi.
When contacted, the media officer to Kano Pillars, Lurwanu Idris Malikawa, simply said “it is too early to decide.”
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