Substitute Gambo Mohammed scored the winner to give Kano Pillars a 3-2 first-leg victory over Asante Kotoko in the CAF Champions League preliminary round on Saturday afternoon.
In the 11th minute, Pillars fans had something to cheer as their darling team went in front.
Rahaqqu Yusuf evaded Ayiku Tetteh’s tackle to hit a low shot into the far post from inside the penalty box for the opener.
Justice Blay kept his head down to produce a low header beyond the helpless Kano Pillars goalkeeper Suraj Ayeleso for the equaliser in the 55th minute.
The Porcupines silenced the home fans in the 67th minute for another precious away goal.
Godfred Asiamah won a free kick after he was illegally halted in his run towards the penalty box. The winger elected himself for the resulting kick and hit it straight into the net.
Yusuf Maigoro drew parity for Kano Pillars with a Ronaldo-esque bicycle kick.
Kano Pillars legend Gambo Mohammed restored the lead for the hosts with a fine finish.
However, the Kumasi outfit were unable to claw their way back in to the clash as Masu Gida held on for the slender win to take to the second leg, which is scheduled for 22 August at Baba Yara Stadium.