Nigeria’s second entrants in this year’s CAF Champions League, Kano Pillars, flew out of the country Friday morning for Saturday’s crucial CAF Champions League Preliminary Round return leg match against Asante Kotoko of Ghana, Completesports.com reports.
The Nigeria Cup holders made the trip through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, aboard an Air Peace flight.
The Nigerians hold a slim 3-2 win from the first leg match two weeks ago in Kano going into the reverse fixture .
The NPFL side must avoid defeat in the battle of Kumasi in order to go through.
Musa Ibrahim, the coach of the Sai Masu Gida side, spoke exclusively to completesports.com from the airport before departure early Friday morning, insisting he’s confident Pillars will pull an upset result in Ghana.
“We’ve worked hard going into this game. The players are well aware of the importance we attached to it and the fact it won’t be a walk in the park,” Musa said.
“Kotoko is a strong side and we saw that in the first leg match in Kano. We respect them, but having seen them play in Kano, we now know how to approach the game (in Kumasi).
“The good thing is we hold advantage going into this match. The players are in high spirit and determined. So we will see how it goes.”
Musa ruled out any contemplation of defensive game against Kotoko in Kumasi.
“No two games are ever the same. We have our cards, but certainly not defensive option,” he said.
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