Kano Pillars came back from a 2-1 second half goals from Asante Kotoko to beat the porcupine warriors 3-2 in the 1st leg of the CAF champions league preliminary stage.
Asante kotoko got the game going by making early incursions into the area of their opponents, but were stopped by the more determined Pillars defence.
After the early exchanges, Kano Pillars seized the opportunity to make moves into the Kotoko defence, probing to get the first bite at goal.
In the 13th minute, Pillars attacker Rahaqqu Yusuf overcame Ayiku Tetteh’s tackle to hit a low shot into the far post from inside the penalty box to beat Felix Annan in goal to produce the first goal of the game .
The goal did not deter the Fabulous boys from coming out to play, and Coach Zakariasson’ boys switched into a more attacking play in anticipation of an equalizer, but all efforts to get the needed goal proved futile ending the first half with Pillars leading by a lone goal.
Asante Kotoko began the second half strongly by pushing more players into offence, this yielded results when Justice Blay kept his head down to produce a low header beyond the helpless Kano Pillars goalkeeper for the equalizer in the 55th minute.
Kotoko kept pressuring for more goals, and were gifted another goal in the 67th minute when Godfred Asiamah won a free kick after he was illegally halted on his run towards the penalty box, the winger elected himself for the resulting kick and hit it straight into the net to give Kotoko the lead.
The goals did not deter the home side who out powered their opponents to get two quick goals in the through Victor Dennis, and Nyima Nekabari in the space of 6 minutes.
The game became balance Kano Pillars had taken the lead, with Asante Kotoko being the most dangerous, but their opponents kept resolute in defence to prevent any equalizer, ending the game 3-2 on the behalf of the home side.