Rangers coach, Gbenga Ogunbote says that the wealth of experience in his side and their ruthlessness in front of goal earned them a First Round berth in the 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup competition, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The reigning Aiteo cup champions, Rangers International came from a goal down to beat Ethiopian cup champions, Defence Force S.C 3-1 in the second leg, Preliminary Round to advance 5-1 aggregate win.
“First of all, we thank God for the victory against a good side that loves to keep the ball but failed to do the needful when it mattered,”
Ogunbote said during his post-match conference.
“Experience gave us the edge knowing that we came here with a two goals lead and conceding very early gave us cause for some concern but we gradually came into the match and got the result we needed. ”
Ogunbote added: “Defence Force is not a bad side, but we did well to take most of our chances while they did not. Looking ahead, we hope to make corrections in the areas noticed before our next match.”
Dibaba Wendimu scored the opener for the hosts, Defence Force S.C from the penalty spot after a handball incidence was spotted by the referee.
Ogunbote’s team responded with a 34th-minute equaliser from Bright Silas.
Godwin Aguda who bagged a brace from the spot in the first leg scored from the penalty spot six minutes from half-time to make it 2-1. Kelvin Itoya sealed the win for the Flying Antelopes nine minutes from time.
Rangers will face USM Bel Abbès of Algeria in the first round of the continent’s second-tier club competition in a fortnight.
By Johnny Edward: