By James Agberebi:
Kano Pillars defeated Rivers United 2-0 in a rescheduled matchday 27 Nigeria Professional Football League match at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano on Thursday.
A brace from Rabiu Ali sealed the win for Kano Pillars.
After a goalless first half, Rivers' resolve was finally broken following Ali's 52nd minute penalty after Amos Gyang was fouled inside the box.
In the 58th minute, Ali scored his second goal, finishing off a cross to make it 2-0.
The win moved Kano Pillars from 10th to eighth on 47 points in the NPFL table.
Rivers United remain 16th on the log on 41 points, just a point away from the relegation zone.