Rangers International Football Club of Enugu is pitted against Togolese Champions, Association Sportive des Conducteurs Kara (ASC Kara) in the next round of CAF Confederation Cup, according to new fixtures released last night, 9 October 2019, in Egypt by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
In the fixtures announced yesterday, CAF officials said that the first leg of the encounter between Enugu Rangers and ASC Kara will take place on 27 October in Togo while a return match will happen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu on 3 November 2019.
ASC are the League Champions in Togo but were knocked out of the CAF champions League by AS Vita of Sudan and subsequently pushed down to the CAF Confederation Cup to try their luck a second time with Rangers International.
It was the same fate that befell Nigeria’s League Champions, Enyimba of Aba, which was expelled from the Champions League by Al Hilal Omdurman of Sudan in the 2nd qualifying stage of the league.
According to CAF rules, both Enyimba and ASC are now playing with original qualifiers like Rangers at the CAF Confederation Cup level.
Enyimba will play against TS Galaxy of South Africa in this final knockout stage of the Confederation Cup.
In preparation for its upcoming continental matches, Rangers has recorded victories against Heartlands Football Club of Owerri in two warm-up friendly matches played at Okigwe, Imo State, and Enugu.
In the second match played yesterday in Enugu, Rangers beat their South East compatriots by a lone goal which was scored by young Christian Madu in the 89th minute of play.
Spectators judged the encounter an improvement on the first leg played at Okigwe where Coach Benedict Ugwu experimented with a lot of new players in the first half to test their match readiness for the continental engagements.
The technical bench brought in new players and switched old players from their regular positions. The first half ended without a goal by either side.
Two of the regulars – Tope Olusesi and Ugwu Uwadiegwu – were returned to their traditional positions in the second half while the troika of Ifeanyi George, Obinna Eleje and Christian Madu were introduced to spice up the evening for the fans.
The changes led to fireworks as six goals were scored in this half, with Rangers recording four.
At the end of the last match played here in Enugu, Sports Director of Heartland Club, Ifeanyi Ewueme, wished Enugu Rangers well in their campaign to bring sporting glory to Nigeria and donated a set of Technical board to the team.
Meanwhile, in the same CAF draw, Enyimba, the other Nigerian representative, will play the first leg of the final knockout stage against TS Galaxy of South Africa at the Enyimba Stadium, Aba, on 27 October and then travel to South Africa for the second leg of the decider which will be played on 3 November 2019.
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