Daily Trust (Abuja)

5 May 2013

Angola/Nigeria: Mba Scores but Rangers Crash in Angola

Nigeria's Enugu Rangers crashed out of the CAF Champions League after they lost 3-1 at Recreativo Libolo of Angola yesterday.

The first leg in Nigeria ended in a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago.

An elated Libolo president told MTNFootball.com: "We deserved to win and we played to win despite the fact that Rangers gave us a great scare. They are the toughest side we have played in the last four years.

"We don't fear any team on the continent as the draws for the group stage is done. We only respect teams and Al Ahly of Egypt commends our greatest respect."

Rangers coach Okey Emordi, said, "We lost this game to some questionable calls from the referee. Yes, we did not start the game well but when we were on the ascendancy he tactfully cut all our moves and gave that very dubious penalty that killed off the fighting spirit in my players.

"All the same, I am happy with the performance of my team as we now go back to prepare well for the Confederation Cup group stage qualifying match."

Rangers goal scorer and AFCON hero Sunday Mba said, "I am very happy with my performance against Recreativo and God crowned my effort with a great goal. But, what is the value of the goal since it could not help my team pick the group stage ticket?

"I thank God for helping me with a great performance today after a long time out of action."

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