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Striking Enugu Rangers players force CAF to change kick-off time in Ndola


A player of Enugu Rangers (right) being challenged by a Rivers United player in the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL). Rangers are walking a tight rope in the CAF Confederation Cup today in Ndola, Zambia after they were forced to a 2-2 draw in their first leg Round of 32 clash at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium last Sunday.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has shifted by two hours the Confederation Cup second leg match between Zesco United of Zambia and Enugu Rangers following the Nigerian side’s late arrival in the East African country.

Enugu Rangers were expected to arrive in Ndola, venue of the game on Thursday, but the team did not leave Nigeria as scheduled following the players’ protest of their unpaid allowances.

They were expected to arrive in Ndola this morning for the game, which has now been moved from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.According to CAF, the two hours shift is to give the Nigerian side enough time to organize themselves for the game.

Speaking to The Guardian before Rangers departed for Zambia, Chairman of the Club, Christian Chukwu, said the players’ action would not affect the team’s performance in Ndola, adding that Rangers are going for 100 percent victory.

“The game is 90 minutes… Rangers are focused on victory. We are not under pressure ahead of the match. Players are committed to get the required result against all odds,’’ he said.Zesco and Rangers are going into the final leg with a 2-2 score line from the first leg match played on April 9 in Enugu.

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