BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Nigerian football clubs’ nemesis at continental level, Zamalek SC of Egypt on Sunday evening dealt a devastating blow on yet another Nigerian flag bearer, Enugu Rangers.
The Nigerian side crumbled miserably 4-1 in Cairo in the first leg of the round of 32 of the CAF Champions League.
The score-line means the Nigerian side have a herculean task to perform when it faces Zamalek in Enugu on March 19. The Nigerian side will need to score three unreplied goals to avoid being relegated to the second tier CAF Confederation Cup.
Zamalek were swift in setting for business drawing the first blood as early as eighth minute through their Nigerian striker, Stanley Ohawuchi who is on loan from Wadi Delga.
He nodded home a corner kick by Osama Ibrahim. Fourteen minutes later, the Egyptians doubled the lead through Hossam Paolo. By the 33rd minute, Ayman Hefny sold dummies to Rangers’ defender before flicking the ball over a poorly positioned goalkeeper for the third goal.
Mostafa Fathi put the game beyond redemption for Rangers when he slotted home a fourth goal from the penalty spot. Rangers pulled a goal back on the 83rd minute.
Rangers thus became the latest Nigerian casualty of Zamalek after Shooting Stars in 1984 and 1996, Super Stores in 1993, Kwara United in 1999 and Enyimba in 2016.
Rangers may still bounce back into reckoning if they can secure a 3-0 win in Enugu.