Kano Pillars ace Jamiu Alimi (right) in action for Eagles. He is now likely to be overlooked for the Algeria World Cup qualifier next month
Friday Sep 23, 2016. 19:01
Kano Pillars ace Jamiu Alimi has said he has made progress in the game after he was considered for next month’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia ahead of foreign-based pros like Chidozie Awaziem.
The likes of Awaziem, Victor Osimhen and Imoh Ezekiel made the squad for last month’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania in Uyo, but have been left out of the latest call-ups by coach Gernot Rohr.
“Picking me ahead of Awaziem of FC Porto is the coach’s decision, not mine, and I hope to justify my selection," Alimi said.
“The coach has been telling me about what I can do. So calling me back again after my invitation to the AFCON game against Tanzania in Uyo shows that the entire technical crew is pleased with my development.
"Now I wish to come to camp and be part of the success of our first World Cup qualifiers in Ndola.”
However, the former Shooting Stars ace, who has posted brief stints in Belgium and Ukraine, will not crown a great year with a major trophy with Kano Pillars.
“I do not regret joining Pillars even though we will not end the season with a trophy,” he said.
“Pillars remain a great club with rich history and super fans."