As Kano Pillars FC take    on Zesco United of   Zambia today at the Sani Abacha Stadium in one of group A opening matches of the CAF Champions League, Pillars Ghanaian coach Malik Jabir is confident that they will prove doubters wrong.

The Ghanaian-born coach made history by guiding the Kano-based club to the group phase of the CAF Champions League. On their way, they defeated holders and six-times winners, Al_Ahly of Egypt in the ultimate round.

Jabir, who won the CAF Champions League, then African Cup of Champions as a player with Asante Kotoko in 1970,   say all the clubs in the group are potential winners and that they will take each game very seriously. “Every club worked hard to reach this far and you can’t underestimate the abilities of any club.

The group is open and we must work harder to succeed. Our plan is to do our best and  move to the next level. Against Zesco United, although, we do not  much the team technically, but to reach this far means they are a strong side. I hear they have some good players and hope to survive against them.

Pillars are also in the same group with Al-Hilal and Al-Merreikh, two giants of Sudan football.
While Pillars are battling to secure three points against the Zambian side, Heartland FC will tomorrow in take on TC Mazembe in a Group B fixture.

Heartland which defeated FAR of Morocco on its way to the group stage say they are prepared to leave Dr Congo with their pride intact.


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