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Pillars succumbed to pressure, says Wikki’s Obaje

Wikki Tourists star striker, Godwin Obaje has attributed his team’s 3-1 win over Kano Pillars on Sunday to the ‘Masu Gida’ boy’s inability to withstand…

Wikki Tourists star striker, Godwin Obaje has attributed his team’s 3-1 win over Kano Pillars on Sunday to the ‘Masu Gida’ boy’s inability to withstand pressure from the Bauchi Tourists.

The highly explosive Northern El Clasico saw the four time Nigerian champions losing three players to red card.

Although Pillars have since cried foul over their defeat, Obaje said there was nothing fishy about his team’s victory, insisting that Wikki Tourists played attacking football which was too much for the ‘Masu Gida’ boys to handle.

He said Pillars led the match into the 73rd minute but in the end, they crumbled like a pack of cards because they failed to hold their nerves.

“Pillars lost to us because they could not handle the pressure. They failed to hold their nerves at the time they needed to calm down.

“They were leading till the 73rd minute but when our attackers continued to bombard their defence, they resorted to rough play and that was how they got the red cards.

“After we equalised, they did not compose themselves again. They started challenging the referees and that compounded their problems,” he said.

Obaje who missed the important encounter due to suspension congratulated his team mates for doing the job even without him.

He said most of his team mates were observing the Ramadan fasting but they did not allow anything to deter them from doing the job which has kept them on top of the table.

“I commend my Muslim brothers for putting in extra effort to play such a highly explosive match. You know most of them are fasting yet they did not show any sign of tiredness.

“The fans also deserve commendation for providing the players with the right atmosphere to do the job. They are the 12th player anytime we play at home,” he said.

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