Kano Pillars have said they will unleash Flying Eagles defensive midfielder, Shehu Abdullahi on their Caf Champions League opponents, the Athletic Club Leopards de Dolisie of Congo this weekend.
The Kano club won the first fixture, first round encounter 4-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano.
Abdullahi was vital in the middle of coach John Obuh’s Flying Eagles that finished third at the just concluded Africa Youth Championship (AYC) in Algeria.
An official of the side, Idris Malikawa said the midfielder will be part and parcel of the squad to confront the Congolese side once he arrives on time to meet the team’s departure arrangement and is fit for the crunch encounter.
“We hope to feature Shehu Abdullahi against AC Leopards but that depends on the arrival time of the Flying Eagles in the country and whether he’ll be satisfied fit for the encounter. If he’s approved for the encounter we would like to have him, he’s one of our regulars in the middle,” he said to supersport.com.
Malikawa said Pillars are going to Dolisie, Congo for outright victory at AC Leopards.
“We’ve served the notice of what to expect in Dolisie, Congo against AC Leopards with the 3-2 win at ABS in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 5 in llorin.
“We’re going to Dolisie for a win, nothing short of a convincing victory. We know it will be a tough duel but the players have assured they’ll do whatever it takes to achieve victory at AC Leopards’ backyard.
“We’ve received dossier on their fans’ hostility, and we’ve taken adequate measure to ensure it doesn’t work against us. We’ll come back with a decent result that will put smiles on Nigerians,” he said.
Malikawa informed that Kano Pillars will travel on a chartered flight and head back home shortly after the game.
“We’re yet to confirm the matchday but if the game is on Sunday we’ll depart on Saturday, however, if it’s on Saturday we’ll leave on Friday. The matchday will determine the departure date but we’ll return immediately after the match,” he said.
The decisive tie will hold at the 20,000-capacity Stade Denis Sassou Nguesso, Dolisie.