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Katsina United coach Baldwin Bazuaye has said Kano Pillars punished his team early in Sunday’s derby because they were slow to get into the game, while also targeting maximum points against MFM FC in midweek.

A 27th minute headed goal by Chinedu Udoji gave hosts Kano Pillars all three points at the expense of ‘The Changi Boys’ inside a packed Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

“It was not a bad game but my boys did not get into the game in time,” lamented Bazuaye.

“It was a good game and both teams were okay. We were very encouraged by the big crowd at the stadium.

“This was another eye opener that we have to work harder because we had planned to come here and get something. But unfortunately we let in a goal in the first half.”

Coach Baldwin Bazuaye

Katsina United will hope to return to winning ways at home on Wednesday against high-flying MFM FC, who are fourth on the NPFL table.

“We will now focus on our next game at home against MFM,” said Bazuaye.

“We will be playing at home and we hope to win.

“We will work on getting all three points and then we will shift attention to the next game away (at ABS FC in Ilorin).”

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