Ali’s Pledge to Secure Federation Cup Victory for Kano Governor

Rabiu Ali, the captain of Kano Pillars, has articulated his determination to clinch this year’s President Federation Cup with the team and present the trophy to Kano State Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf. He issued a stern warning to semi-final opponents Abia Warriors, according to PUNCH Sports Extra.

At 43 years old, undeniably the oldest player in the Nigerian top flight, Ali made this commitment following a courtesy visit to the state’s governor on Sunday.

“I am fully dedicated to achieving success with Kano Pillars FC. I am optimistic that the gesture extended to me by the governor will be returned when I hand over the AETEO CUP to him soon, Insha Allah,” Ali wrote on his Instagram page on Tuesday.

Pillars are set to battle Abia Warriors in the semi-finals of the country’s oldest football competition on June 19, with optimism of advancing to the final to face the victors of the second semi-final between Kebbi United and El-Kanemi Warriors.

In the journey to the final four, Pillars triumphed over Sunshine Stars 5-3 in a penalty shootout after a thrilling 1-1 draw in regulation time. On the other hand, Abia Warriors overcame Sokoto United 5-4 in penalties, also following a 1-1 regulation time draw.

Having been capped 18 times by Nigeria and scoring five goals, Ali, affectionately known as Pele, has spent most of his professional career at Kano Pillars, contributing 54 goals since his move from Nasarawa United in 2009.

The midfielder is esteemed as one of the club’s finest players and among the top performers in the Nigerian Professional Football League.

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