CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Kano Pillars crash out despite win

The hopes of Kano Pillars moving into the next round of the CAF Cham­pions League came crashing like a pack of cards last night in Kano despite their 2-1 win over visiting Maghrib Asso­ciation Tetouan of Morocco.

Pillars went out of the championshipp with a 5-2 on aggregate having lost the first leg in Morocco 4-0.

Poor finishing robbed Pillars of a more convincing win, while the Moroccan champions made the most of their chance.

Moghreb Tetouan took the lead in the 33rd minute through Mouchine Iajour, who scored a hat-trick in the first encounter.

However, Pillars drew level after 61 minutes through Tony Edjomareigwe.

The home team scored again a minute from full time through Rabiu Ali, who dribbled his way into the box before he fired home.

But it was too little, too late as Pillars then needed to score six other goals to advance to the second round of the competi­tion.

Last season the Nigerian champions also crashed out of the CAF Champions League after they failed to overturn a 3-1 deficit they suffered at AS Vita of DR Congo. Pillars won the return match 2-1 at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, but lost out 4-3 on aggregate.

Etekiama Agiti gave visiting AS Vita a first minute lead, be­fore Pillars fought back to draw level in the 66th minute through a header by Kabiru Umar. Pil­lars then took the lead in the 70th minute courtesy of Abdul Haruna, but could not score another goal that would have at least taken the game to a penalty shootout.

The year before, Pillars crashed out to AC Leopards of Congo Brazzaville in the first round of the competition.

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