Super Eagles midfielder Rabiu Ali scored a hat-trick on Sunday as his club, Kano Pillars edged Akwa United 3-2 in a five-goal thriller in a Match Day 5 contest at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
It was Michael Ibe Okoro who scored the first goal in Sunday’s clash for Akwa United after a defensive mix-up by Pillars.
However, Ali restored parity four minutes after the visitors shot in front. Just before the half-hour mark Ali put Pillars in front off an assist from Prince Aggreh.
Ubong Ekpai ensured that the first half ended all-squared as he scored the equaliser against his ex-teammates from Otorogu’s cross.
Just as hostilities resumed in the second half Ali completed his hat-trick and that was enough to give Pillars another hard-earned three points at home.