Antelopes win but Zamalek still moves on
It was a bad weekend for Nigeria’s representatives in the Caf Champions League as both Rivers United and the Enugu Rangers were sent packing, both by north African teams.
Rangers were ousted in the Round of 32 despite recording a face-saving 2-1 win over Zamalek of Egypt on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium in Enugu.
Having been flattened 4-1 in the first leg in Cairo last weekend, Rangers needed a three-goal margin win to pull through.
The Flying Antelopes seemed baffled by the problem at hand and had to wait till late in the first half to record their first goal through Tope Olusesi.
Things got from bad to worse when they allowed Zamalek to pull level through Morsi in the 71st minute.
Though Godwin Aguda restored Rangers lead, it was as pointed out, just cosmetic as they crashed out on a 5-3 aggregate scoreline and would now have to settle to play in the less fancied CAF Confederation Cup.
On Saturday, Rivers United also got expelled from the CAF Champions League after losing to Sudanese club, Al-Merrikh, 4-0, despite nursing a 3-0 advantage before the game started.