Two-time African champions, Enyimba, lost 1-0 to Rahimo of Burkina Faso in Ougadougou in their CAF Champions League Preliminary Round first leg clash on Saturday through Issou Zonon’s second half goal, Completesports.com reports
At the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, Kano Pillars bagged a scrappy 3-2 win over Ashanti Kotoko of Ghana.
Rahaqqu Yusuf handed the Sai Masu Gida side an early lead in the 11th minute, but the Ghanaians rallied to draw level through Justice Blay’s 55th minute strike, then Godfred Asiamah shot the visitors into the lead in the 67th.
Victor Dennis scored in the 70th minute to restore parity for the current Aiteo Cup champions.
Nyima Nwagua netted a 90th minute winner to ensure Pillars take a slim 3-2 advantage going into the return leg in Accra in a forth night.
In the CAF Confederation Cup, Niger Tornadoes failed to make their home advantage count as they lost 2-1 to visiting Santoba of Guinea at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
Completesports.com reports that Tornadoes will need all the guts and nuts to overturn the first leg deficit when they travel to Conakry, Guinea, for the reverse fixture.
On their part, Kano Pillars will need to avoid defeat in Accra in the second leg to seal a place in the next round.
Enyimba, on their part, will must win, with t least two-goal difference, in the return leg in Aba to go through.
Rangers, Nigeria’s second entrants in the Confederation Cup were drawn bye in the First Round games.
By Sab Osuji