In-form striker Junior Lokosa denied the Flying Antelopes all three points at the Cathedral when he struck late to cancel out Godwin Aguda’s opener in Kano Pillars’ first game after the death of talismanic defender, Chinedu Udoji, AOIFootball.com reports.
Godwin Aguda gave Rangers the lead in the 41st minute, latching on Isaac Loute’s free-kick, after David Obiazo, in goal for Pillars, had produced a huge save in the 17th minute and Ifeanyi George missed awfully in the 37th minute.
Returning into the second half down by a goal and two yellow cards to Alassan Ibrahim and Idris Aloma, Pillars quickly took out Aloma for Abdullahi Juli in the 51st minute and added Nazifi Yahaya and Ifeanyi Nweke to replace Nyima Nwagua and Sikiru Kamal just 15 minutes later.
The changes gave Pillars some verve with Nzube Anaezemba striking right-footed powerfully in the 63rd minute to force Rangers goalkeeper Femi Thomas to a big save.
Rangers responded with the substitutions of Godwin Aguda for Kelvin Itoya and Richard Jonathan for scorer, Aguda, but it seemed the first half performance was all they had to offer as they began to play to hold on to their slim lead in the last quarter of the game with only Chiamaka Madu producing any scare on the opponents in the 78th minute but his effort went off target.
Kano Pillars, however, found fresh lease of life when substitute Nazifi, who took a run from deep and supplied Junior Lokosa to fire in the equalizer for a huge boost to Pillars.
The draw takes Kano Pillars to the top of the table with 17 points and a better goal difference than second-placed Enyimba who have the same number of points.