Second-half goals from Gambo Muhammed and Christian Obiozor handed Kano Pillars a 2-0 win over little-known South Sudanese champions Al-Malakia in Juba on Saturday.
Pillars are seeking for a slot in the group stages of the Caf foremost club competition and there was no better statement of intent than an improved second half showing in South Sudan.
Both sides failed to break the deadlock at the break, but four minutes into the second period, Gambo placed the Glo Premier League champions in ascendancy.
Obiozor doubled the lead for Pillars in the 63rd minute to ensure they maintain a 2-goal lead ahead of the return leg in a fortnight.
The win was Kano Pillars’ first on the road since January 2011, when they defeated Liberia’s Mighty Barrole 2-1 in Buchanan also in a Caf Champions League clash.