Saturday, May 04, 2013

Rangers drop into Confederation Cup

Enugu Rangers will now feature in the playoff round of the Caf Confederation Cup after losing to CRD do Libolo in the Caf Champions League on Saturday.

Rangers lost 1-3 on the day at Estadio Municipal do Calulo after the first leg in Enugu had ended goalless.

CRD do Libolo proved a handful for Rangers and got the opener inside the first 15 minutes through Henry Camara before Dario Cardoso doubled the lead with 10 minutes before the break.

Nigeria international, Sunday Mba, gave the Flying Antelopes a lifeline when he prodded home just before the hour mark.

Mba was making his debut for the Enugu club after a protracted transfer tussle involving Rangers and Warri Wolves.

But the Angolans put the game beyond their Nigerian counterparts when Cardoso converted from the spot late on to hand the hosts a comfortable 3-1 win.

CRD do Libolo progress into the group stage of the Caf Champions League while Rangers now face a two-legged playoff in the Caf Confederation Cup.

Rangers will know their opponents when the draws for the Caf Confederation Cup playoff round hold on May 7.

The Flying Antelopes have never played in the group stage of the Caf Champions League since the African football body adopted the group format in 1997.

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