Kano Pillars earned a hard fought victory over Ngwa FC of Abakaliki in the 2018 Aiteo Cup Round of 64 encounter decided at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on Sunday thanks to Maigoro’s last gasp winner.
The Abakaliki based side took the Pride of Kano by Surprise as they scored the very first goal of the evening in the five goals thriller with a well taken goal.
Nwagua Nyima restored parity in the 35 minutes of the game before completing his brace 10 minutes after scoring the equaliser.
The first half time ended at 2-2 and both teams struggled to find the winner that will take them to the ‘Round of 32’.
Captain of the evening and club legend, Rabiu Ali saw his spot kick saved when we were rewarded with a penalty kick after a harsh foul by Ngwa FC defender.
However, Yusuf Bala Maigoro came off the bench to score the all important goal that proved to be the match winner five minutes before the regulation time.
After the game, Technical Adviser of Kano Pillars, Ibrahim Musa Jugunu while talking to KanoPillars.com expressed his satisfaction of his team’s performance and vowed to polished out the loopholes noticed during the game before the next round of matches.
In the meantime, Gallant Kano Pillars Feeders failed to reach the last 32 when they were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Crown FC of Ogbomoso after the score tied at 2-2 at then end of 90 minutes.
Pillars will determine their round of 32 opponent after the completion of the round of 64 on Monday and Tuesday.
By Isma’eel Abba Tangalashi