CAFCC: Amakapabo Confident Rangers Will Overcome Zesco

CAFCC: Amakapabo Confident Rangers Will Overcome Zesco


Enugu Rangers coach, Imama Amakapabo, says his team has what it takes to secure a healthy first leg win against Zambia's Zesco United in the Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff in Enugu on Sunday despite their recent poor run of results.


NPFL champions, Enough Rangers, have been going through a hard time this season and remain without a win in their last three matches on the domestic front.

The Flying Antelopes were eliminated from the Total CAF Champions League by Egyptian side, Zamalek, 5-3 on aggregate.

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Following the run of poor results, Amakapabo was handed a three-match ultimatum, but failed to pick a win in any of the three games as his team lost 1-0 to Katsina United, drew 1-1 with newcomers Remo Stars, before suffering a 2-1 defeat to rivals, Enyimba just last Sunday.

Despite the poor trend of results, Amakapabo 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)," Amakapabo tells cafonline.com.

“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.” 

Echoing Amakapabo's confidence of Rangers overcoming Zesco is Ghana-born goalkeeper, Nana Bonsu, who states that lessons from their exit from the Champions League has been well learnt.

“We have learnt our lessons from the Total CAF Champions League and we hope to correct it with this one opportunity left for us," Bonus tells Cafonline.com.

“The players are ready and there is no turning back. We have do our best to prove our worth and justify the league title we won last season by beating Zesco United at home and away to qualify to the group stage.

“We need the support of our fans because I know Zesco united is coming here to pick a point but we won’t allow them. It is not a problem of the coach but we the players will play our best to stop them.

Zesco who were semi-finalists in the CAF Champions League last season, reached this stage after beating Le Messager Ngozi of Burundi 4-2 on aggregate in the last round.

Meanwhile, Zesco United are expected to arrive in Nigeria on Thursday, 48-hours ahead of the clash with Rangers.

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