Kano Pillars and Katsina United will rekindle a rivalry dating back to centuries between the two Northern Nigerian emirates when they do battle on Sunday in continuation of the NPFL season.
Four-time champions Pillars are now 11th on the NPFL table with two outstanding matches. They have 10 points from seven games after winning three, losing three and drawing a game.
Katsina United are five places above them on the table as they occupy sixth spot with 13 points – three wins, four draws and two losses.
Both teams will be lifted by their last results in midweek – Pillars posted a 1-1 draw at Rivers United, while Katsina United defeated billionaire club FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 at home.
The teams last clashed in the league in 1999 with Katsina shading their home tie 1-0 thanks to a winner by Rabiu Baita, while Pillars were 2-1 winners in Kano.
Katsina stars Ashadi Destiny, Tasiu Lawal and Usman Barau have all shaken off knocks from the Ifeanyiubah game and will be available for selection.
Physiotherapist Oluseesin Mobolaji disclosed: “All the boys are in good shape and they are all fit to be selected for the game against Pillars.”
Confidence in the team is also very high.
“The game is going to be tough, no doubt about, but we are battle ready,” said giant striker Chinedu Udechukwu, who is aiming for his first goal this season.
“We are going to Kano for at least a result and I believe this is possible.”