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Kano Pillars Edge Ghana U23s In Friendly

Nigerian champions, Kano Pillars, defeated Ghana’s Olympic team 1-0 at the Accra stadium in a warm-up match on Saturday.

Rabiu Ali scored the winner for the Kano club just three minutes past the hour mark to ensure they finished their pre-season tour of Ghana with a win.

Kano Pillars head coach, Okey Emordi, stuck to the same attacking pair of Christian Obiozor and Gambo Muhammed who played in the game against Hearts of Oak.

Both teams fired blanks in the opening half of the match but in the 63rd minute, Ghana defender Kwasi Quansah stopped a goal-bound effort inside his own box and was subsequently sent off leaving the Black Meteors to finish the match with 10 men.

Ali, who had faced the same Ghana under-23s while featuring for a Nigerian team of locally-based players in the November at the Akwa Ibom Stadium, stepped up and dispatched the ball from 12 yards to give Kano Pillars the lead.

The game produced no more goals and Emordi said he believes his team are getting into shape for the new season.

“This is a good experience for the team though it is a friendly. The win is good for the team’s confidence and we will continue our build-up for the new season especially our Champions League game in the coming weekend,” Emordi told supersport.com.

Kano Pillars are expected to return to Nigeria on Sunday or Monday to finalise their trip to South Sudan, where they face Al-Malakia FC in the first leg, preliminary round of the Caf Champions League on the weekend of February 13, 14 and 15.

The Nigerian champions will play hosts to the South Sudanese club on March 1 in Kano.

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