Goals from Gambo Mohammed and Christian Obiozor ensured that Kano Pillars defeated Al Malakia FC 2-0 in a preliminary tie of the CAF Champions League.
Nigerian giants Pillars went into the first leg match on the back of two impressive friendly matches against Hearts of Oak and Ghana U23 team.
A small but vocal crowd rooted for the hosts, but the reigning Nigeria Professional Football League champions held their own to win the game.
The first half saw Pillars dominating possession, but they lacked the cutting edge to score.
In the second half, Okey Emordi’s team bombarded the minnows and got two well taken goals.
Gambo Mohammed opened the scoring in the 46th minute to hand Pillars a needed advantage.
Masu Gida then made it 2-0 through Christian Obiozor midway through the second half to boost their hopes of progressing to the next round.