The players and officials of Rangers International will depart Nigeria for Ndola, Zambia, ahead of their second leg play-off of the CAF Confederation Cup tie against Zesco United billed for Saturday.
The Nigerian Champions face a difficult task in Zambia, after being held to a 2-2 draw by their opponents at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Sunday; aftermath of which the Enugu side sacked their head coach Imama Amapakabo.
Rangers’ media officer Foster Chime, who revealed that the team will depart for the game on Thursday, also stated that the appointment of a new coach for the club will be decided after the team return from Zambia.
“The chief coach, Chukwuma Agbo, will lead the team to Ndola. Then maybe after the team return from Ndola, that is when the board will meet to look at whether a new coach will be appointed,” Chime stated.
In view of a chance of progressing into the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, Rangers players, Christian Madu and Godwin Aguda, have expressed confidence of getting a good result in the return leg against Zambia’s Zesco.
“The return leg will now be difficult but we can still get a good result there,” Madu told Complete sports.
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“It is not impossible to defeat Zesco.”
Aguda added: “I played in the game and it was bad we drew at home but we can reverse that away.
“The exit of our chief coach (Imama Amakapabo) will not distract us in that match. Our fans should please not give up on us.”
However, Zesco United defender, David Owino, told the official website of CAF on Wednesday that his side’s tie against the Nigeria Champions is far from over.
“This is football, anything can happen,” he told Cafonline.
“From our side, we are determined to qualify to the group stage.”
“We are grateful we came away from home and got two goals which is a favourable result for us going into the return leg. When we play at home, we will have no choice but to win,” he added.
Rangers enjoyed a two-goal lead early in the second half of the first leg last Sunday but failed to maintain their control over the game. The Zambia side got back into the game as they net in two to level, and puts Rangers in a tight rope in their quest to advance to the group stage of the competition.
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