South Africa in­vi­ta­tional, a mas­sive state­ment – Pillars

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mansur Abubakar @mansur_112

Kano Pillars have re­acted to be­ing named the only team from the coun­try in­vited to next month’s in­vi­ta­tional tour­ney in South Africa de­scrib­ing it as a mas­sive state­ment re­gard­ing the club’s stature in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Among the teams se­lected for the event are Span­ish La Liga side Es­panyol, South African cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs and Kaizer Chiefs.

In a chat with Daily Trust yes­ter­day, Pillars’ Me­dia Of­fi­cer Idris Ma­likawa said the tour­na­ment will be tak­ing place al­most the same time as NPFL All-Stars Span­ish Tour, which means some of the club’s play­ers will be in Spain while their team­mates do bat­tle in Jo­han­nes­burg.

“It’s a big one and we are hop­ing to make the coun­try proud when we reach South Africa next month, the in­vi­ta­tion says a lot about our stature in­ter­na­tion­ally and we’ll do ev­ery­thing to come out on top in the tour­ney,” Ma­likawa noted.

The yearly Amanxa­m­alala Mzanzi In­ter­na­tional Cup (AMIC 2016) is a char­ity cup that iden­ti­fies with 40 char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions in South Africa.

“Both the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (NFF) and the League Man­age­ment Com­pany (LMC) have ap­proved our par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour­na­ment,” dis­closed Pillars man­age­ment board mem­ber Has­san Ab­dul­lahi Garo.

“We will be good am­bas­sadors for Nige­ria foot­ball.” A del­e­ga­tion of 35 play­ers and of­fi­cials are ex­pected to de­part the coun­try for the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion mid next month.

Rabiu Shehu of Kano Pillars and Efegwu Ojokwu of Iko­rodu United dur­ing their Nige­ria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League match re­cently

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