Kano Pillars “are going to win” at Asante Kotoko but must first eliminate the defensive frailties which saw them concede twice from set-pieces in their 3-2 win over Kotoko in the first leg of the 2019 CAF Champions League preliminary stage technical adviser of Pillars, Ibrahim Musa says.
Rahaqqu Yusuf, Rabiu Ali, and Christopher Madaki were all on target for Pillars in the win at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano last weekend but Justice Blay and Godfred Asiamah scored from set-pieces to hand the Ghanaians two priceless away goals to put Pillars in a precarious position ahead of the return leg which comes up between 23-25 August at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi.
And speaking to busybuddiesng.com, Musa revealed that he was far from pleased by the manner of the goals his side conceded and said the Sai Musa Gida will work on better defending set-pieces ahead of the return leg.
“We were not supposed to concede those goals because they all came from set-pieces,” Musa said.
“They didn’t penetrate our defence from the buildup so we have to work on [defending] set-pieces because we allowed them to score two goals against us which is very dangerous to the team.”
Pillars have only ever made it to the group stage of the CAF champions league just once in their history in five previous campaigns and that was in their debut in the competition in the 2009 season where they reached the semifinal.
That year, Pillars knocked out the competition’s record winners Egyptian side Al Ahly on away goals in the first round to make the group stages and Musa believes “there is no reason” why his side cannot do the same against the Porcupine Warriors when they clash again in Ghana.
Scoring three goals at home in the first leg shows his side have got the capacity to find the back of the net at the Baba Yara Stadium and Pillars would be looking not for a draw which should be enough to see them through, but an outright win, the 2019 Aiteo Cup winning coach says.
“If we could score three goals in our home, there’s no reason why we can’t go to Ghana and score goals. So all our training progamme now is based on our defence and to go on the attack and also to work on [defending] set-pieces which we allowed them to score two goals.
“Notwithstanding that the team [Asante Kotoko] is a very good team and they have experience, we are going to Ghana not even to look for a draw, we are going to win by the grace of God.
“If we could hold Egypt’s Al Ahly – we played 1-1 in Kaduna and we went to Egypt to play 2-2 – there’s no reason for Kano Pillars to go to Ghana to lose the game. We are going to win by the grace of God.”
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