Despite the likely absence of Sunday Mba and Emeka Ezeh in today’s CAF Champions League tie between Enugu Rangers and Club Recreativo Libolo in Luanda, coach Okey Emordi stated that his wards are capable of turning the tables against the Angolan side.
The first leg ended goalless in Enugu and Emordi is hopeful that their goal scoring touch, which deserted them in the first leg will come back to hurt Libolo. Emordi who won the champions league with Enyimba in 2004 is hinging his optimism on Rangers’ goal scoring spree against Kano Pillars last weekend.
“The massive League victory against Kano Pillars is a prelude or dress rehearsal of what to expect in Angola against Clube Recreativo Desportivo (CRD) do Libolo.
“I’m happy the goals that deserted us when we hosted the Angolan side have suddenly resurfaced. We hope to re-enact the feat in Angola.”
Rangers were forced to drop Mba and Ezeh on Thursday when they departed for Angola. The players’ traveling documents got trapped at the German Embassy where they were deposited by the Super Eagles handlers as they planned a training camp in Germany ahead of the Confederation Cup in Brazil.
Mba who was eager to star for Rangers after he was released by Warri Wolves said that it was regrettable that he could not make the trip to Angola.
Also missing is midfielder, Ugonna Uzochukwu. He picked up two yellow cards against Vital’O of Congo DR and also against Libolo in the first leg.
Rangers, Nigeria’s only surviving club on the continent this year, need a win or a draw to advance to the money-spinning group phase of the Champions League.