Nigeria’ sole representative in the second tier continental club competition, Total/CAF Confederation cup, Rangers International F.C have vowed to go for the kill against Algerian side, Union Sportive Madinet Bel Abbes (USMBA).
The six-time national club champions will on Sunday slug it out with Algerian club champions at the ‘Cathedral’, Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
The decisive second leg, first round encounter which will see the aggregate winner pick a ticket to the next round of the competition is expected to be explosive as the earlier encounter in the coastal city of Bel Abbes, ended goalless note.
Rangers’ coaches and players, since their arrival from Algeria have not kept anyone in doubt on its desires in this weekend’ make or break encounter.
Tope Olusesi who has captained the team in the last three continental outings said of the encounter, “The Algerian side is a good team and I believe that we gave our very best in the first leg in Algeria and we shall not take them for granted as we play the second leg.
“They will come fighting like wounded lions but we shall contain them and do the needful to qualify for the next round. We, the players, coaches and management know what is at stake and hope to deliver the goods on Sunday.
“I urge the fans to rally round the team as they remain our source of inspirations by cheering us all the way till the end of the encounter.
“Motivation has been on the high for us from management and government just as the will to succeed within the team is strong. There is no cause for alarm as we fear no foe,” he said.
Also, Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu, who has posted two clean sheets in three continental games under his belt, was more philosophical in his response going into this encounter as he said:
“Firstly, we give thanks to almighty God who has made the results possible just as I won’t fail to appreciate my parents who are always in prayers for me as well as the supporters of Rangers that have always been there for us.
“The self belief and unity in the team will surely see us through this game with USMBA. I pray that our opponents arrive safely in Enugu just as I urge our fans to come in their numbers to sing us to another great victory. They are a good side but we have what it takes to earn the win that will take us to the next round.”
Rangers overcame Ethiopian cup champions, Defense Force S.C, 5-1 on aggregate after doing a double over the East Africans while their opponent, USMBA eased past Liberian side, LISCR, 4-1 on aggregate, winning by four un-replied goals in the first leg but fell 1-0 in the return leg in Monrovia.
The winner of this round qualifies for the 2nd 1/16th round of the competition where teams that fail to make the group stage of the more glamorous CAF Champions league will be waiting.