Nigeria Professional Football League side club Kano Pillars came from behind to defeat Ghana’s Asante Kotoko 3-2 in the first leg of the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League.
The two clubs from the West African countries locked horns on Saturday afternoon at the Sani Abacha Stadium in hopes of picking up good results before the second leg two weeks from today.
The Sai Maigida went into the break with a goal advantage at the end after Paul Hilary had shot the hosts in front.
However, Kotoko in the 2nd half put in a much improved performance which resulted in the Ghanian side drawing level before taking the lead in the second half.
First, midfielder Justice Blay scored to draw level for Kotoko before Godfred Asiamah score from a direct free kick on the 68th minute to give his side a 2-1 lead.
From there on it looked like Pillars were going slump to a shock defeat until some poor defending from Kotoko which lead to two late goals to hand the Sai Maigida a precious win.
Victor Dennis and Nyima Nekabari scored two quick goals to hand Kano Pillars a 3-2 win at the end of a pulsating 90 minutes.
Pillars will have to defend its slender one goal lend going into the second leg lead in two weeks time in other to progress into the next round of the competition.