In spite of their poor run of results so far this season, the head coach of Rangers International, Imama Amapakabo, is confident his team will secure a healthy first leg win against Zesco United in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff in Enugu on Sunday.
The Nigeria champions have been going through a hard time this season and remain without a win in their last three matches in the domestic league, after being eliminated from the CAF Champions League by Egyptian side, Zamalek, 5-3 on aggregate.
It was due to the run of poor results that Amapakabo was handed a three-match ultimatum by the club’s management, yet he failed to pick a win in any of the three games as his team lost 1-0 to Katsina United, drew 1-1 with Remo Stars, before suffering a 2-1 defeat to Enyimba just last Sunday.
But Amapakabo remains upbeat his charges can rise up to the occasion against Zesco United who lifted the Zambian Charity Shield at the weekend.
“It has not been easy for the entire team for some time now, but we have moved on after our last loss (against Enyimba),” Amapakabo tells cafonline.
“The players are in good condition except the pressure on them from every angle, but I believe we will overcome it.
“Zesco is a strong team from what I know about them, and they are also doing well in their own league, but hopefully, we will secure victory by a good number of goals to continue staying in the competition.”
The Zambian side were semi-finalists in the CAF Champions League last season, and they reached this stage of the Confederation Cup after beating Le Messager Ngozi of Burundi 4-2 on aggregate in the last round.
Meanwhile, Zesco are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday ahead of the clash against Rangers on Sunday.
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