Champions Enyimba defied the form book thursday when they beat Kano Pillars 2-1 and denied the host team the chance to go top of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table.
Pillars thus stay in second place on 24 points from 14 matches, three points behind leaders Enugu Rangers, while Enyimba climbed to 13th place with 17 points from 11 matches.
Experienced central defender Ike ThankGod grabbed the match winner for Enyimba eight minutes from time in a rescheduled league match yesterday.
Pillars went in front through skipper Rabiu Ali after 20 minutes, before midfielder Nzube Anaezemba restored parity in the 51st minute.
Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai on his first return to former club Pillars did not complete the game as he was forced out by injury in the 83rd minute. He was replaced by Femi Thomas.
Pillars enjoyed the ball possession from start to finish, but Enyimba took their chances very well to inflict the first loss at home for their rivals this season.