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Rangers and Enyimba bow to North African teams


Enugu Rangers and Enyimba Internaional of Aba were involved in group stage matches in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederation on Sunday.

Both teams did not make the ideal start playing North African opponents which is always a difficult hurdle to scale on the continent for any team.

Rangers seemed to have the easier end of the bargain as they hosted Egyptian club Pyramids FC at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu as one of a pair of games in group A.

Ibrahim Olawoyin put the hosts in front on 29 minutes after a neat exchange with a teammate.

The good times only lasted for the first half with Temitope Olusesi getting sent off on receiving a second yellow card just before halftime.

Pyramids dominated the second half right from the restart converting a penalty awarded for a handball in the 54th minute through Mohamed Farouk.

Goals from Tunisian winger Amor Layoun and Islam Eissa finished off the flying antelopes.

Rangers are bottom of the group on goals difference after another Egyptian side Al Masry dug up an impressive 3-2 victory away to Mauritanian team FC Nouadhibou.

In group D, two-time CAF Champions League winners, Enyimba were dismissed by two unanswered goals in Agadir playing Hassania.

First-half goals-following errors from the Nigerian side by Karim El Berkaoui and Malick Cisse did enough damage to hand the Morrocoan team maximum points.

The Aba outfit will next face Cote d’Ivoire’s FC San Pedro on December 8 in a bid to get off the foot of the table after San Pedro ended it goalless at home to Paradou AC of Algeria.





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