Haruna sure of Kano victory


Kano Pillars striker Abdul Haruna has vowed to overturn their 3-1 first-leg deficit when they face AS Vita in the return leg of their CAF Champions League clash at the weekend.

The Nigerian Premier League champions left DR Congo with a mountain to climb if they are to book their place in the tournament proper, and will rely hon their home ground advantage in the second-leg to overcome the Black Dolphins.

Haruna, though, has no doubt that Masu Gida will despatch their opponents at the Sani Abacha Stadium, and claims the reigning league champions will score more than the two goals needed to progress.

“Nobody should count us out yet on the account of the 1-3 loss to DR Congo’s AS Vita as we’ll upturn the deficit in the return fixture in Kano,” he told SuperSport.

“We require two unreplied goals to advance to the round of 32 but we’ll get more than that number of goals when both sides clash in the return leg.

“Though AS Vita are good but not as strong as AC Leopards we faced in the same competition in last year. We’re hopeful of cancelling the deficit.

“The harsh weather in Kinshasa affected us negatively coupled with the red card issued to one of our strikers, Bello Kofarmata.

“We’ll correct all the shortcomings that saw us go down in Kinshasa before the return fixture and make sure we have a good outing in Kano.

“Nigerians shouldn’t lose sleep over the first fixture defeat as Pillars will not only upturn the result but will go ahead to give the nation quality representation in the CAF Champions League.”