CAF Champions League: Kano Pillars captain Rabiu "Pele" Ali eyes Kotoko scalp in Kumasi

Published on: 21 August 2019

Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali Pele says they are coming to Kumasi to beat Asante Kotoko and progress to the next stage of the CAF Champions League. 

The Nigerian side narrowly beat Asante Kotoko 3-2 a fortnight ago and remain confident of their chances despite conceeding two goals at home,

“We are not expecting an easy match in Kumasi against Asante Kotoko," Ali told "Unlike in the first leg, we know what to expect in the second leg match,” he added.

“It was a difficult game for us in Kano. Now we have to prepare well ahead for the return leg in Kumasi because we know Asante Kotoko is big club.”

Ali was key to Pillars' victory at home after scoring and creating an assist at the Saani Abacha Stadium.

He also helped the "Mai Su Gida" boys win the Aiteo Cup in Nigeria and admits their FA Cup success will propel them in the competition.

“Football is full of surprises and nobody can predict the outcome of the match in Kumasi because it will be a big battle," he said.

"We (Kano Pillars) have participated in the CAF Champions League in the past and even reached the semi-finals in 2011 when we lost to Heartland of Owerri.

“We have not done better than that since then but we have so much motivation especially after winning the Aiteo Cup ( Nigerian version of the FA Cup) for the first time and we believe we can do well in this year’s CAF Champions League.”

By Lukman Evergreen Mumin