during the match Glo Nigeria Premier League march between Kano Pillars v El Kanemi on May,25th,2014 at Ahmadu Bello Stadium,Kaduna © Kabiru Abubakar/Backpagepix



Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL side, Kano Pillars have been given a lifeline in the ongoing season after talismanic midfielder, Rabiu Ali returned from a twelve match ban he bagged in June this year for inciting fans and trying to assault match officials, can confirm.


In a letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company, Mallam Salihu Abubakar, what is left for the NPFL veteran midfielder is now a suspended sentence.


According to the letter, the LMC considered the 39-year-old’s past record both in the league and the national teams, coupled with the community service and a written apology.


“Upon review of the matter, and having considered your past record in the league and National teams, coupled with the community service you recently rendered as directed by the LMC, the remaining period of your ban is hereby commuted to a suspended sentence with effect from matchday 6 of the season.


“You are required, as part of the commutation to contribute to community engagement and development, including visiting schools to promote the good virtues of the game of football,” the statement said.


It would be recalled that the ‘Sai Masu Gida’ side have not been able to score a goal in the ongoing campaign, a situation that has been arguably attributed to the lengthy absence of their talismanic leader.