Enugu Rangers hopeful of qualification despite 1-2 loss to A.S Pelican
Enugu Rangers say their 1-2 loss to A.S Pelican of Gabon in Libreville on Saturday was a minor blip that would be corrected in the second leg.Speaking on the tie, team captain, Tope Olusesi said the players had put the loss behind them and were focused on winning the return fixture in Enugu on September 29, 2019.
“This was a game we could have won easily but luck did not favor us. We did all that we were supposed to do to even earn a draw, but it was not to be our day. “But we have put the loss behind us and are now focused on the match in Enugu where we hope to earn a good win to get into the next round,” Olusesi said.
The hosts raced a 2-0- lead inside 24 minutes before Rangers’ Nnamdi Egbujuo reduced the deficit in the 26th minute. Egbujuo ranked the game as a good outing for the Gabonese team, adding, however, “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 because 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.”In the game on Saturday, A.S Pelican took the lead in the 15th minute through Desny Yanga Yanga, while Rangers’ Senegalese international, Pape Ousmane Sane conceded an own-goal in the 24th minute. Egbujuo reduced the deficit two minutes later.The return fixture of the first round tie will hold at the 25,000 capacity Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on September 29, 2019 by 4.00 p.m.