Nigerian Champions Enugu Rangers have crashed out of this year’s CAF Confederations Cup following a 3-0 away loss to Zambian outfit, Zesco United at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Saturday AOIFootball.com reports.
A brace from impressive John Chigandu in the 25th and 38th minute set the tone for the determined Zambians.
Rangers however stepped up their game in the second half, enjoying possession, but they lacked composure to match the Zlatko Kympotic-tutored side. They conceded the final goal in the 63rd minute when Jesse Jackson Were scored with a lob from outside the box to take the game beyond the Flying Antelopes.
The Nigerian team battled through fatigue to face Zesco United after solving the allowance imbroglio back home and the suspension of their Technical Adviser, Imama Amapakabo.
Speaking after the game, Interim coach, Chukwuma Agbo blamed fatigue for their loss, saying the team had not eaten before the game.
“We are all human. The players were obviously tired after the long trip to Ndola. They had not even eaten anything. We arrived just about two hours to the game and had to rush down from the airport. In fact one of my key players, Chinedu Udeagha, took ill due to the long stress from the journey. I’ll say we tried,” Agbo lamented.
On the reason he introduced Osas Okoro late in the game instead of starting him being an important player, Agbo explained further.
“Yes I brought Osas in late. It was part of our strategy to see if those I picked can conserve their energy for that long and we’ll bring in fresher players to a play a counter attacking style,” explained Agbo.
The Nigerian champions have now being bundled out of the competition after losing 5-2 on aggregate, and will certainly return to face the survival battle in the Nigeria Professional Football League where they are currently rock bottom on the log.
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