CAF Champions League: Nigeria's Pillars Avenge Al Hilal Loss

The Nigerians came from behind to record an important home win against Group A leaders Al Hilal...

Nigeria's Kano Pillars showed great character to come from a goal down to beat Al Hilal of Sudan 2-1 in a CAF Champions League Group A match at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Sunday.

Two weeks ago, Al Hilal defeated their Nigerian foes 2-0 in Omdurman.

This latest result in Kano means that both teams have recorded seven points each after four matches, with Al Hilal ahead on goal difference.

The first half was a balanced affair but in the second half the introduction of Cameroonian midfielder Bertrand Lekama tilted the scales in favour of Pillars, who went on to sweat out a hard-fought win.

Pillars fell behind after only 20 minutes, when Saif Eldin Ali Idris Farah scored for Al Hilal after he sped past a hesitant defence.

However, the home team drew level in first half added time through Gambo Mohammed, before they took the lead in the 73rd minute through super substitute Moses Ogaga, who also came off the bench to score against Sudan's El Merriekh in a previous Champions League clash.

In the other Group A match played earlier Sunday, El Merriekh held hosts Zesco United to a goalless draw in Lusaka.

The Zambian champions, who visit Pillars in a fortnight, are third in the standings with five points from four matches, while El Merriekh are still rooted to the bottom of the table with two points.

Samm Audu,