Austin Igenepo of Niger Tornadoes vs Go Round FC

Austin Igenepo of Niger Tornadoes has given a hint on why he decided not to join four times Nigeria Professional Football League champions Kano Pillars in the ongoing mid-season players transfer window.

The defender joined the 2017 Aiteo FA Cup runners up from Remo Stars at the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

"I was delighted when I got a call from Pillars management that they wanted my services and were ready to begin contract talks with me and Tornadoes management for a possible transfer fee.

"I then had a discussions with Tornadoes management, notifying them of an interest from Pillars. Kudos to my employers as they gave me an assurance that all the conditions agreed on in the contract with the Masu Gida will be executed.

"On the contrary the Tornadoes management board led by Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha Gawu also dangled a carrot at me, a pay rise if I was willing to stay with the club.

"Then another issue came up, I became a bit confused when I looked at the pedigree of Pillars and having not started the season or played pre-season with them, it was going to be very tough breaking into the team's defence.

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"I wouldn't want a situation of one, who was a regular in Tornadoes team and plays week-in week-out, to now be a bench warmer with Pillars if things didn't go as expected.

"But after careful consultations with my coach, family and friends, I came to a conclusion that it was not the best time to leave for Kano Pillars, and if I must move to any club in the NPFL let it be at the start of a new season.

"I also want to use this medium to apologize to Pillars management, coaches and fans not to see me as been unprofessional and that I turn the club down. It's any player's wish to play for a big club like Pillars but as at this moment Tornadoes is my club."
Meanwhile Igenepo who has scored a goal for the Ikon Allah, said further that Minna was like home to him.

"Minna is like home to me, the support and praises I get on and off the pitch from my coaches, teammates and indeed fans has been fantastic.

"I also want to help the club set a record in the NPFL by going 10 games unbeaten. I hope we achieve this feat when we host Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC of Lagos in Minna."

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