Kano Pillars defender, Christopher Madaki Maichibi has raised the ante ahead of his side’s CAF Champions League battle away to Asante Kotoko of Ghana, as he says Sai Masu Gida aim to return home with their heads very high up and qualify for the next round, megasportsarena.com reports.
Though Pillars could only win the first leg 3-2 in Kano, Madaki insists they are the better side and further assured their teeming fans and all Nigerians that they will not lose this weekend’s reverse fixture.
The bubbling former FC Giwa of Jos player, who netted Pillars’ match winner during the first leg, with a 76tth minute sizzler, after Rabiu Ali restored parity in Kano, said Sai Masu Gida will go all out for victory on Saturday at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.
He added during Mega Sports on Star 101.5 FM, Lagos that Pillars are not bothered with the fact that Kotoko scored two goals in the first leg played at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, as the reverse fixture will see a different approach by his side.
The battling left-full-back-cum-winger posited that he and his colleagues want to return to The City of Groundnut Pyramids with a ticket into the next round of the Champions League qualifiers, and he acknowledged that they must avoid losing in Kumasi to achieve that desire.
He admitted that Kotoko are a big team in African football, but stressed that Pillars are not scared of playing against them, adding that the 2019 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) runners-up are thinking only of reaching the next stage of the continental elite competition.
Madaki stated: “They are a big team, with strong history in African football, but we are not scared of them. They played well in the first leg at our home, where they scored two goals, but it will be different in the second leg.
“We are going there with more determination and a different approach to the game, which means we are not going to lose in Kumasi. That means we will return home with a ticket into the next round; which I know we will achieve this weekend.”