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Rangers Optimistic Of Qualification Despite Libreville Loss

Nigeria’ surviving Total/CAF Confederation Cup 2019/2020 side, Rangers
International F.C of Enugu is full of optimism of qualifying for the
next round of the competition despite suffering a shocking 2-1loss to
competition’ first timers, A.S Pelican of Gabon in a first leg, first
round tie in Libreville.

Captain of the side, Temitope Olusesi, in a chat said that the players
have put behind them the loss and focused on doing the needful in the
return fixture in Enugu on September 29, 2019.

“This was a game we could have won easily but some element of luck did
not favor us. We did all that was supposed to be done to even earn a
draw but it was not to be our day. Be that as it may, we have put the
loss behind and focus of the match in Enugu where we hope to earn a
good win to get into the next round,” stated a highly optimistic

Lone goal scorer for the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Nnamdi Egbujuo whose goal
on 26 minutes halved the host’ 2-0 lead inside twenty-four minutes of
play said, “I am very positive about what will happen in the second
leg in Enugu. Our target in Libreville was not achieved not because we
did not play good football but luck was not on our side. I urge our
fans to come out in their numbers to drum us to victory as we remain
focused to emerge champions at the end of the competition.”

Recall that Nigeria seven time league champions fell to a 2-1 defeat
in the hands of 2019 Gabonese league runner-up, A.S Pelican through a
15th minute Desny Yanga Yanga effort just as the visitor’ Senegalese
international, Pape Ousmane Sane conceded an own-goal on 24 minutes
but power playing Egbujuo reduced the deficit two minutes later with a
beauty of a goal.

The return fixture of the first round tie is expected to happen inside
the 25,000 capacity, Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium ‘The Cathedral’ on
September 29, 2019 with match expected to kick off by 4.00 P.M.

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