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The new coach hopes to begin with victory in Congo in the marathon race to fulfill his own part of the deal that saw him join the Nigeria league champions for continental victory

Okey Emordi, head coach of Kano Pillars, says he is confident at starting off their CAF Champions League campaign with victory against Congolese club AS Vita on Sunday.

Emordi who led Enyimba to win the 2004 Champions League title will begin his first competitive game as coach of Kano Pillars with the first-leg of their preliminary round tie in Kinshasa.

The Nigerian league champions left for Kinshasa on Friday morning via a chartered flight from Kano.

Before departing the country, Emordi told Goal: “We are not new to continental football and that experience is what we are taking to Congo and hopefully we will come back with a good result,” he said.

“AS Vita are a good side, but they are not better than Kano Pillars. We expect a good match from them, but we will come back with our heads held high,” Emordi assured.

Pillars’ chances are boosted with the service of midfield maestro Rabiu Ali, a star of the bronze medal-winning Super Eagles at the African Nations Championship in South Africa and return of striker Gambo Mohammed after months of injury.

The Pyramid boys will miss the handy presence of midfielder Shehu Abdullahi who failed in acquiring a visa to DR Congo, but are buoyed by the availability of Umar Zango and striker Kabir Ubale.

The Nigeria league champions will hope to put behind them the dismal outing in their last continental appearances against Congolese opponents on Sunday by 3:30pm Nigerian time.