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Pillars crash out of CAF Champions League

Kano Pillars blamed biased officiating after they crashed out of the CAF Champions League on the away goals rule at AC Leopard of Congo.

The Nigeria champions lost 3-0 on Sunday to AC Leopard for this first round tie to be tied 4-4 on aggregate, but the Congolese sneaked through having scored a goal in Kano in the first match.

The round defining-goal was from the penalty spot in stoppage time in Brazzaville on Sunday.
Pillars spokesman Idris Malikawa said the Ivorian referee robbed his team of qualification to the next round of the competition.

“This is daylight robbery. African football is doomed with such refereeing,” blasted Malikawa.
“It’s just unbelievable and if this is how African football is, then we are all doomed.”

Malikawa claimed the referee struck out a 75th minute penalty he initially awarded the Nigeria champions.

“There were no complaints in the first half, but after the interval the referee became something else,” he accused.
The hosts went ahead in the 32nd minute before rallied round to deliver two more goals after the interval and book a place in the second round of the Champions League.

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