Kano Pillars head coach, Abdul Maikaba has said his players are not fit for competitive action yet.
The four-time champions lost 1-0 to Sunshine Stars in their opening fixture of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League season.
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Maikaba said some of his players were not fit enough to play the game with five-day notice to the commencement of the season.
“We were taken unaware for the starting of the league this time around with only four to five days notice,” he told the club’s media.
“Some of the players were not fit enough to play this type of grade ‘A’ match,” he added.
Kano Pillars will take on arch rivals, Katsina United in their second game on Sunday.
The encounter is billed for the Sani Abacha Stadium.