Kano Pillars defender, Chris Madaki has expressed a strong belief that the club will do well in this year’s edition of the CAF Champions League, as he says the squad is loaded with highly formidable players.
Although Sai Masu Gida could only finish second in the past season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), the former FC Giwa and JUTH FC of Jos star believes their conquest of the Federation Cup shows that Pillars have something to offer this time out.
The soft-spoken defender, who was part of the Nigerian under-23 team before the 2015 All Africa Games qualifiers, but was later dropped from the squad, said during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that Pillars will go all out in their first match this weekend against Asante Kotoko of Ghana, who he stressed he and his teammates are determined to beat.
He admitted that Kotoko are a well-respected and legendary Ghanaian side, with rich continental history under their boots as well, but Madaki insists Pillars have what it takes to come out unscathed this weekend.
Madaki declared: “There is no bigger team than Kano Pillars in Nigeria for now. That is what we showed in the Federation Cup final.
“We showed that we are good enough to represent Nigeria well in the CAF Champions League, and that is what we will do.
“We are already preparing very well for the first match of the qualifiers, and I am sure that this team is good enough to win it.”