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CAF Qualifying: Enyimba, Tornadoes Falter; Kano Pillars Secure Home Win

Emeka Nnaike

Kano Pillars FC on Saturday kicked off their CAF Champions League qualifying campaign as they recorded a 3-2 win over Asante Kotoko FC at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Paul Hilary gave Pillars the lead in the 12th minute, before Justice Blay and Godfred Asiamah handed the Ghanaian side the advantage in the second half.

However a late surge by Sai Masu Gida, featuring goals by Dennis and Nekabari meant Pillars go into the second leg in two weeks with a slim advantage.

Nigerian league champions Enyimba were outplayed as they fell to Rahimo FC 1-0 in Ouagadougou.

Issouf Zonon scored the only goal of the game as a new-look Enyimba side now face an uphill task in the return leg in two weeks in Aba.

Elsewhere, Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, Niger Tornadoes succumbed to a meek 2-1 defeat at home to Santoba FC, Godwin Zaki’s 58th minute unable to inspire a comeback following goals from Ibrahim Babawo and Usmane Kamara for the Guinean side.

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