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Kano Pillars avenged the defeat of last match of the first round with a slim win against MFM FC, the Olukoya Boys at the Sani Abacha stadium in kano.  

It was a match where credit must be given to the defence line of MFM led by U-23 defender Joshua Akpudje who  remained resolute against the Sai Maisugida Boys. 

Nwagua Nyima who dribbled past Joshua Akpudje in the 4th minute of play missed a glorious opportunity that could have given Pillars the lead.
Olatunji Odekunle was the man who rescued his team not to let in an early goal as he denied Nyima the rare chance at goal. 

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As the match progressed, it was the visitors who had the first  clear chance at goal when Nnamdi Majoubi missed a seater to give his side the lead. 
Kano pillars were forced to an early substitution when Abbas Rabiu made way for Adamu Hassan following an Injury.

Former Gombe  United striker Usman Babalolo scored the only goal of the match on the 23rx minute of play off an assist from kano Pillars leading goal scorer, Auwulu Ali, heading home from an Auwulu  cross.  

Pillars would surge forward to increase the lead and their effort would have paid off after 36 minutes  but Auwulu effort crashed against the cross bar and the first half ended 1-0 in favour of the hosts.

On resumption of the second half of the game, Enemy Die as MFM is fondly called threw everything into the game moving the ball with ease from left to right of the pitch, forcing the hosts to chase the ball. 

For all their efforts, Adeyinka Nojeem turned the culprit, wasting two clear chances on the 50th and 59th minutes of play. Ajanni Adegbola would come in for Nnamdi Mejuobi who was a shadow of himself throughout his time on the pitch after 63 minutes.

Frustration set in for Kano Pillars as the goal refused to come and built up with former Enyimba defender, Nasiru Sani going into the books.   
Ageless kano Pillars midfielder, Rabiu Ali picked up a spot and placed the ball and when the fans were almost jubilating, Olatunji did a yeoman’s job to intercept that effort on 80 minutes of play.  

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