The draw for the 2019/2020 Play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup held on Wednesday in Cairo pitted 2016 Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers against ASC Kara of Togo.
The last qualifying round before the group stage will see the Flying Antelopes play away from home in the first leg in the weekend of October 27, before hosting the return fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu in the weekend of November 3.
Ahead of the crucial tie, Enugu Rangers have been engaged in friendly matches during the week, a 1-0 victory over Heartland FC on Wednesday followed by a friendly with Diamond Football Academy on Friday.
Speaking exclusively to www.9jabuzzer.com, after a friendly with Diamond Football Academy which ended 1-1 in the first half and was later called off due to heavy down pour at the Main Bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Rangers head coach, Benedict Ugwu who commented on the draws stated that he has little or no knowledge of his opponents, and likened the draw to a Nigeria versus Togo tie.
“No I don’t know much about them, but I heard that, they have about 6 players that are in their national team.”
“I know well, Nigeria playing against Togo, that’s what I feel, I feel well, I feel relaxed and I feel happy, the draw puts us against the Togolese team, we know that with God on our side we will try our best and qualify.”
If recent results are anything to go by, Nigerian teams have found it difficult against Togolese sides. A 4-1 drubbing in the first leg of the last round of qualifiers of the African Nations Championships (CHAN) in Lome, followed by a 2-1 defeat of the Home Based Eagles at the West Africa Football Union Cup (WAFU Cup) in Senegal, suggests that Enugu Rangers will be in for a tough test.
The lack of league action in the country have been cited by pundits and administrators for the poor showing of some of our clubs on the continent, and Coach Ugwu also revealed that lack of league action is affecting his team’s preparations.
“Of course you can see, but you know when you are playing series of matches, players are getting fitter and fitter, but you know lack of league matches is affecting our boys but not so much, but we have been playing friendly matches, but you can’t compare league matches and friendly matches, so we are affected in a way.”
Enugu Rangers brushed aside AS Pelicans of Gabon in the previous round 4-3 on aggregate to progress to the play-off, and will need to be in superb form to see off the Togolese in a fortnight.