CAF Champions League

Kano Pillars Edge Out Kotoko In Five-Goal Thriller


Nigerian flag bearers Kano Pillars dug deep into their arsenal to edge out Asante Kotoko of Ghana in a lively first leg encounter that ended 3-2 in favour of the hosts at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

 The victory yesterday at home was Kano Pillars’ first in the CAF Total Champions League since a tumultuous 2-1 loss to Mogreb Tetouan of Morocco four years ago but the Mai Su Gida Boys were girded this time and went in front after 12 minutes through striker Rahaqqu Adam Yusuf.

However, the visitors came back strongly at the restart and got an equalizer in the 52nd minute after the break after Justice Blay headed home from a corner-kick and some ten minutes later, the Ghanaian champions then increased their tally with a well-taken free-kick by winger Godfred Asiamah.

But a few minutes later Rabiu Ali brought Kano Pillars from the dead with a much-needed equaliser in the 70th minute while substitute Mohammed Gambo got the winner for the home side five minutes later.

Both coaches admitted the first leg match was a difficult encounter and are already looking for the with the Porcupine Warriors’ head coach Kjetil Zachariassen crucial saying the two goals scored by his side in Kano would be crucial in the reverse fixture to be played on 23rd August in Kumasi.

 “I am highly elated with my team’s performance because one thing here is that we played against a good team and we scored two important away goals which will be very important for us,” noted Zachariassen.

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Samuel A. Boakye-Buckman (popularly known as Dada Oliseh) is a self-motivated young journalist with a passion for telling stories better with pictures. He is the founder, owner, editor and bankroller of He has a vast experience in the reporting of football-related activities in Ghana and beyond. A former employee of Hearts News (official mouthpiece of Accra Hearts of Oak), 90 minutes sports paper, National Sports Authority,,, and, Samuel is one of the few energetic and self-motivated young journalist in Ghana with a large following on social media, especially Facebook ( He is well known for his frequent updates from all over the country with pictures to match. He is also a correspondent for a few international websites, including CAF. In recent times, he has introduced, as part of his many talents, the live streaming of matches and football related activities. He lives in Accra Ghana.

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