Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers, have announced they will depart Enugu on Thursday for their CAF Champions League first round clash against Egyptian side Zamalek on Sunday.
The reigning champions were drawn to the Egyptian giants after they advanced from the preliminary round via the away goals rule to eliminate Algeria’s JS Saoura.
“The team departs Enugu on Thursday aboard Ethiopian Airline for the CAF Champions League game against Zamalek on Sunday,” The Flying Antelopes announced on their official Twitter handle on Wednesday morning.
Zamalek are five-time winners of the CAF league, and finished as runners-up last season after they lost in the final to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa
But Rangers midfielder Aguda Godwin believes that his side, that have never won the trophy before but have reached the final in 1975 when they lost the title to Guinea’s Hafia FC, can beat Zamalek, saying that it’s possible to avoid defeat in Egypt.
“I do not believe Zamalek will be too strong for us. We will go to Egypt looking to at least get a draw as that will give us something to build on ahead of the return leg in Enugu,” Aguda said in an interview with Supersport.
“We believe in ourselves and know it is possible to avoid defeat in Egypt,” he added.
Meanwhile, this is Enugu Rangers’ tenth Champions League appearance and their last one came back in 2013. They will battle Zamalek on Sunday and host the return leg a week later, with the hope of advancing to the group stage of the foremost club competition of the continent.
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