Top Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Kano Pillars have signed midfielder Kelly Kester on a two-year deal, reports www.aclsports.com
Kester left last season’s CAF Champions League campaigners Lobi Stars at the end of the season and was close to joining fellow top flight team Sunshine Stars but Pillars have snapped him up from under their noses.
The 27-year old joins the Masu Gida side who were eliminated from the Champions League last month for an undisclosed fee.
“Pillars are one of the biggest clubs not just in Nigeria but in Africa,” Kester told www.aclsports.com on Monday.
“They have always wanted me from during my days in Enyimba and Akwa United but now I feel the time is right to play for Pillars.
“They are a very ambitious club and one of the most successful club in Nigeria,” adds the defensive midfielder.
The acquisition of Kester is expected to plug the hole created by the exit of defensive midfielder Ikenna Hilary who left Pillars on mutual consent late last month.
Kester, a towering, combative midfielder had his first training session with his new teammates in Kano on Monday under the watch of Pillars head coach Ibrahim Musa Jugunu.
Pillars will be attempting to win the Nigerian league for the first time since 2014 when the 2019/20 league season gets underway next month.