Rangers International of Nigeria are ready and set for the second leg tie of their CAF Champions League clash against Egyptian top side, Zamalek FC billed to be played this weekend at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
The Flying Antelopes had fallen scandalously in the first leg, losing 4-1 at the El-Salaam Stadium in Cairo a week ago but have a ‘big case’ off the field to secure qualification after it was discovered that the Egyptian side contravened CAF Champions League rules by fielding an ineligible player, Hossam Paulo Salama, in that first leg win.
But team manager of the Nigerian champions, Amobi Ezeaku has assured that they are not getting carried away as they are working hard to ensure they win convincingly against Zamalek and qualify for the group stage.
“It’s true we have written a protest to CAF on the ineligibility of Hossam Paulo Salama, but we are not allowing that to distract us at all. We’ve intensified training and we are focused to ensuring we cancel the deficits against us and move to the next stage at the expense of the Egyptians,” Ezeaku told AOIfootball.com exclusively.
The Enugu based side had protested that Hossam Paulo Salama, a former player of Smouha, had been duly registered for the CAF Confederations Cup before he was sold to Zamalek, according to a deal announced on January 22, 2017, by Egyptian website, kingfut.com.
The website reported: “Smouha chairman Farag Amer announced that striker Hossam Paulo will join Zamalek during the January transfer window as the two clubs reached a final agreement.
Rangers play Zamalek this weekend and have to win 3-0 and not concede any goal if they want to qualify for the group stage.
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