Antelopes Fail To Fly At The Cathedral In Enugu, Held By Nouadhibuo FC [Video]
By Iwedi Ojinmah 12 days ago
Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Sunday drew 1-1 with visiting Nouadhibuo Football Club of Mauritania in the 2019/2020 CAF Confederation Cup Group Phase Match Day 4 fixture at the Cathedral in Enugu.
If the mass demotion of around a dozen or so of the Flying Antelope players was supposed to kick start the team that has been miserable form both in this competition and in the NPFL, it failed.
Nouadhibuo FC took the lead in the match in the 22nd minute from a free-kick well drilled into the net by Yassin Elwely.
At half time the score remained 1:0 in favour of the visitors.
Rangers returned from the break looking livelier and were rewarded with a penalty kick which was converted by Ibrahim Olawoyin in the 67th minute.
The two teams fought on spiritedly with the Enugu team starting to ask more and more of the questions however the North Africans also had all the answers and their backline and especially Malian goalkeeper Kouyate refused to be breached
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Speaking after the match, a disappointed Rangers’ coach Salisu Yusuf said that the two teams played good football.
”We had the chances to score but we could not convert our chances. Rangers could have won the match in the second half, as we fought back to equalise and win.”Now we are going to move on from this result to do well in our next matches,”
Responding Nouadhibuo FC’s coach Mauril Njoya said the match’s centre referee denied them victory over Rangers.
”We were already cruising home with the victory but the referee seemed to have vowed that we must not get away with the three points.
”No doubt, Rangers played well. But we also did.
“However, the game was not allowed to flow as the referee favoured the home team.
”Had it been that we won this match, we would have had to go to Egypt to fight Al Masry FC and then use our home advantage to beat Pyramaid FC at home and seal qualification to the next stage.
”But that is football and I say congratulations to the home team for their fighting spirit and making the game a continental battle.”
Rangers now occupy the fourth position in the group with two points, same as their guests who occupy the bottom place with inferior goal difference
While there is still a mathematical possibility of the Coal city boys remaining in the competition with wins in their next two games the chance of them progressing to the quarter-finals now looks less likely. They are guests of Egypt's Pyramid on January 26 before hosting Al Masry seven days later. Failure to win any of these ties will see them bow out of the championship.