The Nigerian club was defeated in Angola.
The poor run of Nigerian teams in this year’s Africa club competitions continued Saturday as Enugu Rangers were sent packing from the CAF Champions League after going down to a 3-1 defeat to Angolan side, Recrativo de Libolo.
The Flying Antelopes were Nigeria’s sole surviving team in Africa Club competition following early exits by the trio of Kano Pillars, Lobi stars and Heartland FC.
However Saturday’s away defeat meant the end of the road for the Enugu team in Africa’s biggest club tourney. They will now have to compete in the less fancied CAF Confederations Cup.
Rangers boxed themselves to a tight corner having managed to pull just a goalless draw in the first leg played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu a fortnight ago. The Nigerian flag bearers were hoping they could at least get a score draw in Saturday’s second leg tie, but failed to do so.
Going into Saturday’s game, Rangers and Libolo were enjoying contrasting fortunes in their domestic leagues. While Rangers sat at the top of the Nigeria Professional football League, their opponents were occupying the base of the League in Angola.
That, however, counted for nothing as Libolo sealed their place in the lucrative Group phase of the Champions League and thus become the first Angolan side to achieve this feat since 2003.
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