By Monica Iheakam
Ahead of this weekend’s CAF Confederation Cup playoff against Zambia’s Zesco United , Rangers International of Enugu chief coach, Imama Amakapabo said the Coal City boys are under pressure to deliver.
Rangers struggling in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were condemned to secure a winning start against visiting Zesco, who lifted the Zambian Charity Shield last week in the second round 1/16th round first leg clash on Sunday.
Amakapabo, whose fate is hanging due to the poor runs of the Flying Antelopes in the season, in an interview with cafonline.com, lamented that it had not been easy for the team, but remained upbeat of positive result on Sunday.
“It has not been easy for the entire team for some time now but we have moved on after our last loss (against Enyimba).
“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,” said Amakapabo.
Rangers were eliminated from the prestigious Total CAF Champions League by Egyptian side, Zamalek, 5-3 on aggregate and hoped to make amends with the Confederation Cup playoffs.
Zesco expected to arrive Nigeria today, 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.