Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote has stated that the 1-0 defeat in the hands Nigeria Professional Football League champions Lobi Stars was a difficult pill to swallow but he believes the positives from the game will help shape his team ahead of the crucial CAF confederations Cup preliminary stage clash against the Defence Force of Ethiopia in the first leg to be played in Enugu on the 27th of November.
Also taking time to react to the Super Cup loss against Lobi Stars, the Rangers boss also blamed lack of coordination in the defense as the reason for the loss also stressing that the team was recently assembled noting that the future of the team is bright. “The game has been played, won and lost. All we need to do now is to take the positives from it and move on.
The team was put together in less than ten days. We went on break after the Aiteo Cup win against Pillars and had to rush back when we were told of this match. The team is still a work in progress and will continue to improve per game. The loss to Lobi was painful because we were careless on defense but with the few days we had to prepare, I am proud of the team. They played really well.
Enugu Rangers will kick start their CAF confederations Cup campaign at home against the Defence Force of Ethiopia on the 27th of November and Ogunbote has revealed to footballlive.ng that not much is known about their East African opponents but despite that, he is ready to make the country proud. “We have only played two games since we resumed camp and I believe we will still have to play more just to be better. But with what the boys played against Lobi in the Super Cup, and with an extra push, I believe we will be ready for the Ethiopian team and victory is sure.”
Enugu Rangers’ opponent Defence Force is currently placed 7th on the log of the 2018/2019 Ethiopian Premier League season and have won the only game played so far. The team qualified for the 2019 CAF confederations Cup after winning the 2018 edition of the Ethiopian Cup.