•Host Zesco today in Enugu
By Paul Erewuba
Rangers Enugu would this afternoon at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, confront Zesco United in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup tie.
The Enugu Antelopes dropped to the continent’s second-tier competition after they were eliminated in the Champions League preliminary rounds by Zamalek of Egypt.
Rangers coach, Imama Amapakabo knows what is at stake and has shifted focus to the continent with qualifying for the next phase as a matter of priority.
He has enthused that qualification for the CAF Confederation Cup group stages will be prioritised in Enugu Rangers playoff ties against Zesco United.
Ahead of the first leg tie against the Zambian outfit in Enugu today, Amapakabo insists that the Nigerian champions will make qualification, not the scoreline, their only target.
“We are prepared for the match today. The most important thing in this task is to qualify for the group stage,” Amapakabo told Goal.
“It will be on a home and away basis, that means regardless of what the scores are both in Enugu and away in Zambia, we just have to qualify. Whether we score here or there, the most important thing for us is to qualify after both legs.
“We could score as many goals here in Enugu and still not qualify, so our focus is to make it through both legs and qualify.
“The grace of God must be on us this year, it’s an important factor. Take a look at MFM, it’s not that they are doing anything spectacular,” he added.
“Take an [Stephen] Odey out of that team and you’ll realise that you have taken 13 goals out of that team. If you check the number of goals they have conceded, they’ve conceded four goals in two different games.
“Last year the grace that we had is Chisom Egbuchulam that came to the party but we shall work hard like we have always done”.