Rangers International FC of Enugu has vowed to beat JS Saoura of Algeria in the second leg of the ongoing Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League match coming up on February 19, 2017.
Rangers played 1-1 draw with Saoura FC in Algeria on Feb.10 and needs at worst a goal-less draw to qualify for the next round of the competition.
Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday, the Media Officer, Foster Chime, said that the club would beat the North African club to seal its qualification.
He said that the players met Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who promised to boost their morale for the match.
“The governor promised to boost the morale of the players for the CAF return leg match against Saoura but he did not mention the amount due to some reasons best known to him,’’ Chime said.
He said that the club would go for the winning goals.
“I know that the match will be a tough one as Saoura showed that they were a good side in the first leg and they would be facing us in Enugu like wounded lions.
“We need goalless draw to progress but the players want to progress with victory and on superior goal difference.
“I am happy players like Captain Okey Odita, Chinedu Udeagha, Etim Mathew and lots more made it known to the technical crew that they will give their all for the club to go far in the ongoing Continental league.
On players’ injury update, the Club’s Physician, Okey Ezeaku, said that there were no serious injuries sustained from the last match.
“All the players are fit and are expected to face Saoura squarely for a slot in the next round.
“Although we had minor knocks after the match in Algeria and Pape Usmane had malaria but all this were bye gone as all the players were now back to training,’’ Ezeaku said.
NAN reports that Rangers’ test match against Abia Comets of Umuahia on Feb. 14, 2017 ended 1-1 as the flying antelopes open scoring in 27th minute through Daniel Etor, while Marshal Okoro restored parity for the visitor in the 42nd minute.
NPFL defending champions, Rangers are having a torrid title defence season so far but impressed largely in the first leg of their CAF Champions League outing.