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Kano Pillars on Tuesday  beat Civil Defenders  92-91  at the ongoing FIBA Africa Zone 3 Men’s Club Championship at the National Stadium  in Lagos.

The clubs are vying for the two available tickets to the   2017 African Club Championship in  Angola.

Pillars were pushed to the limits and needed the game’s last seconds to record their win and hold on to their unbeaten run in the competition.

The coach of the team  Ahmed Sani admitted that they were lucky to win the encounter.

“We played against a team determined to match their skills with Pillars, because they know that we are the team to beat,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted Sani  as saying.

“We also had some problems with communication among ourselves. But, fortunately, it did not cause us to fall.

“However, we have to address the situation and hopefully bounce back stronger in the next games ahead.”

Civil Defenders coach  Temitope Owolosule said, “We lost,  in spite of having worked hard for the victory. It is very painful.”

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