Kano Pillars defeated Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko 3-2 as the CAF Champions League preliminary round, first-leg matches played across Africa on Saturday.
Pillars’ Paul Hillary, Rabiu Ali and Nyima Nekabari scored for their team while goals from Justices Blay and Godfed Asiamah means the Porcupine Warriors remain very much in contention ahead of their home leg in Ghana in two weeks’ time.
Enyimba succumbed 1-0 away to Rahimo of Burkina Faso, while another former winner of the competition, South Africa’s Orlando Pirates, lost by the same score at Zambia’s Green Eagles.
The highest-scoring game of the day came from the Gambia, where Brikama United held Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca 3-3 – Badr Banoun netted a brace for the North African side, who had to come from 3-1 down to ensure they enter their home leg with the aggregate score on level terms.
In the CAF Confederation Cup, Niger Tornadoes failed to make their home advantage count as they lost 2-1 to visiting Santoba of Guinea at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
They now need equivalent to magic wand overturn the first leg deficit when they travel to Conakry, Guinea, for the reverse fixture.
Rangers, Nigeria’s second entrants in the Confederation Cup were drawn bye in the First Round games.
The Champions League continues with 15 further preliminary round, first-leg matches across Africa on Sunday 11 August.