Nigeria champions, Enugu Rangers, have set sights on victory away as they play as guests of Algerian side, JS Saoura in the first leg of the preliminary round clash of the Total CAF Champions League today in Bechar.
The Flying Antelopes as they are nicknamed and seven-time Nigeria champions left their base with a 30-man contingent in search of the vital win, to make the second leg a mere formality.
Captain Matthew Etim is upbeat they are ready for the task in the northwestern Algerian city of Bechar, JS Saoura, who are not regular campaigners in the continental club championship.
“We are indeed very glad to be selected to defend the colours of Rangers on the continent and hopefully we shall not disappoint. Victory is what we are targeting and I believe that we have all it takes to achieve our target in Algeria. “We know that they are a good side but we are better”, stated the defender who only had his first game in the 1-0 loss to neighbours, F.C IfeanyiUbah in a matchday six encounter of the Nigeria Premier League.
Team Manager, Amobi Ezeaku, said, “Rangers is physically, mentally and psychologically prepared for this encounter and victory is our target in Algeria. We are fully motivated for this battle”.
Rangers coach Imama Amapakabo will be banking on the sharp reflexes of Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu with the defensive experiences of Senegalese import, Pape Ousmane Sane, Orji Kalu, Ugwu Uwadiegwu, Mathew Etim, Chidiebere Okolie and Chizoba Amaefule while Christian Madu, Godwin Aguda, Obinna Nwobodo, Charles Henlong, Chiamaka Madu will be saddled with the task of screening the middle of the pack as Bobby Clement, Osas Okoro and Ocheme Edoh probes the rear guard of the Algerians for the goals.