Kano Pillars to play AC Leopards of Congo in first round of Caf Champions League

The Nigerian champions qualified 5-1 on aggregate after holding their opponents in Bangui on Sunday and they face a tricky tie against tough Congolese side in the next round

Nigeria Premier League champions Kano Pillars have zoomed to the next round of the 2013 Caf Champions League after nicking a precious goalless draw under heavy downpour in Bangui against Olympique Real de Bangui in the Central African Republic on Sunday.

Pillars travelled to Bangui with a 5-1 cushion leading to the affair and qualified to the first round same way after battling 0-0 draw under very bad weather.

Club spokesman Idris Malikawa told Goal.com that Pillars set out in search of an away win but the heavy downpour made the pitch unplayable hence the players adopted safe tactics to get something out of the tie.

He said the Kano-sponsored team are due back in the country this night after their heroics in Bangui.

Pillars qualified for the first round 5-1 on aggregate and they will meet AC Leopards of Congo who won the 2012 Caf Confederation Cup. They defeated Nigeria's flag bearer in that competition, Heartland FC on their way to winning the title.

Pillars will host the first leg on March 16 in Kano before the vital second leg in Dolise, Congo in the weekend of April 5-7.

Enugu Rangers, the country's second representatives in the lucrative money spinning competition are also through to the next round without kicking a ball after their foes, Sporting Clube do Principe of Sao Tome failed to show up for the first leg in Enugu. They will face Vital'O of Burundi in the first round in a fortnight.

The Flying Antelopes will visit Bujumbura in the weekend of March 15-17 before hosting the second leg in Enugu on April 7.