Nigeria champions, Rangers of Enugu, exited Total CAF Champions League 2017 after losing 5-3 on aggregate to Egyptian giants, Zamalek.
A 2-1 win in the return leg on Sunday in Enugu was not enough for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ who succumbed to a 1-4 loss in the first leg in Cairo last week.
Tope Olusesi gave the home team the lead towards the end of the first half and with Rangers looking for more goals, they left their back open allowing Basem Morsi to equalize for the visitors in the 71st minute.
The Flying Antelopes continued to look for the three goals that will push the game to extra time but were undone by poor marksmanship on the part of their strikers.
Godwin Aguda gave them a ray of hope towards the end of the game when he scored from the spot but failed to get another goal, joining fellows Rivers United, who had earlier exited the competition 24-hours earlier.
Rangers and Rivers will now feature in the CAF Confederation Cup playoff, hoping for a place at the in the group stage of the continent’s second tier competition.
Head coach of the Nigeria champions, Imama Amapakabo expressed disappointment over his team’s failure to make the round of 16.
“It’s very unfortunate we are out of the CAF Champions league. My boys missed a lot of chances but that is football for you. The most important thing is that we still have chance to play in the CAF Confederation Cup,”
“We will go back to the drawing board to make sure we get it right in our next CAF game,”Amapakabo .
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football