Players of Enugu Rangers last night pleaded with football fans to storm the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium this afternoon in their numbers and cheer them to victory against visiting Pelican Stars of Gabon in the second leg of second round of CAF Confederation Cup.

It is a match that will determine whether the Flying Antelopes will gallop ahead or will begin the journey of collapse in their 2019 campaign to win one of Africa’s prestigious football tournaments, the CAF Confederation Cup.

No Nigerian club side has won this Cup since its inception in 2004.

Kickoff time for the match is 4.00 p.m.

On 14 September 2019, the Pelicans overflew Rangers’ defence line to wing in two quick goals in the first half of the game during their first meeting at the Libreville Township Stadium.

However, heroic Rangers’ striker Nnamdi Egbujuo slotted one into the net to reduce the tally by one goal before the end of the half; all other efforts made by the Coal City ambassadors to equalize were frustrated by a Gabonese side determined not to lose face in their home ground.

In today’s encounter, Rangers needs only a lone goal that will not be equalized by the visitors to scale through.

Expectedly, the Coal City ambassadors are full of confidence and expressed positive outcomes from the match.

Players Tony Shimaga, Tope Olusesi, Chidera Ezeh and the Acting Head coach, Benedict Ugwu, have all predicted victory for Rangers in the match.

Rangers left full back, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, told Metro News that there are three results in football – win, draw and lose. “I believe (Pelicans) have taken their own in their home; it is our time to celebrate. The loss has made us understand that we must win our match this afternoon, come rain or shine.”

Ugwu said the team will display the results of the technical and psychological drills hammered into them by their handlers which he believes are “enough to see us through to the next round.”

He also attributed Rangers’ away loss to lack of concentration in a few minutes and joined his colleagues to plead with Rangers supporters and teeming fans to come to the Stadium in their numbers and cheer them to victory.

“We need your total support and prayers. I know everything is possible with God on our side,” Ugwu said.

The players were being mentally prepared for the game last night by psychologist Emeka Onaga.

Meanwhile, officials and players of AS Pelican of Gabon touched down the Sam Mbakwe Airport on Thursday at 06:02pm after a one-hour flight from the Murtala Mohammed Airport Ikeja Lagos where they first landed in Nigeria for the crucial second leg encounter.

The team being led by Hamza Didier from Gabon Football Association and other officials of the club was met in Owerri by Rangers’ Team Manager, Amobi Ezeaku, on behalf of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Club.

Ezeagu escorted them to the Coal City and ensured that they were comfortably checked into their hotels.

On arrival in Nigeria, the team was also welcomed at the International wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport by NFF officials led by Rangers Scouting Manager, Patrick Nwoji.

Enugu Rangers International qualified to play for this competition on Wednesday 24 October 2018 when the players displayed grit and determination to wipe out a 3-goal deficit and power on to beat Kano Pillars on penalties at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State.

This was their first taste of the Nigerian Cup since 1983.

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