Rangers of Enugu Saturday failed to get the result that will send them into the group stages of the CAF Champions League as they fell 3-1 to Recreativo Libolo of Angola.
Rangers needed a score draw, but their hopes were dimmed in the 17th minute when Henry Camara put the hosts ahead with a free-kick. Libolo extended their lead in the 33rd minute with a strike by Dario who was allowed too much space by the Rangers defenders.
However at the break Rangers fought back as Nations Cup hero, Sunday Mba who eventually made the trip pulled one back in the 57th minute.
All hopes by Rangers to equalise evaporated when Chibuzor Madu felled a goal-bound Libolo attacker Vado. Dario made no mistake from the spot.
“I am very happy with my performance against Recreativo and God crowned my effort with a great goal,” Mba said.