Chairman of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, Christian Chukwu, has assured supporters and fans that the Nigeria representative in the CAF Champions League will return to the coal city with an impressive result as against their hosts Zamalek FC of Egypt.
The Nigeria Professional Football League title holders are expected to fly out of the country on Thursday for the second round, first leg encounter with Zamalek of as scheduled for Sunday to mark the beginning of serious contention in the elite continental competition.
The legendary ‘Chairman’ Chukwu, a veteran of many continental soccer wars, said on Wednesday that the ‘Flying Antelopes’ have the go-go spirit and the tenacity to dig their feet into the ground against the ‘Mediterranean Knights’.
“We will go to Egypt with a gameplan to get a favourable result ahead of the return leg in Enugu next weekend,” said the former Nigeria captain and coach,” Chukwu assured as they wrapped up training ahead of the trip.
Already, CAF has announced respected South African official, Daniel Frazer Bennett to oversee the game at the fixed for 9pm Egypt time at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
Bennett will be assisted by fellow South Africans Zakhele Thusi Siwela (assistant referee 1), Sandile Dilikane (assistant referee 2) and Tinyiko Victor Hlungwani (reserve referee). The match commissioner is former FIFA referee Mourad Daami from Tunisia.
Enugu Rangers eliminated Algerian debutants JS Saoura on the away goal rule in the earlier round, and must be at their best to overcome the experienced Egyptian campaigners to reach the lucrative mini-league stage of Africa’s prime club competition.