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We’ll Compound Rangers’ Woes, Says Zesco Coach



While Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers appear to still be in disarray following an unimpressive 2-2 draw at home in their first leg CAF Confederation Cup play-off with Zambia’s Zesco United, the Zambians are already set to excel.
Rangers still have the dust over their technical crew to settle. But according to Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, Zesco United, “straight from landing, went for training at the trade fair grounds in Ndola.”
The report has it that Enugu Rangers were expected to arrive on Friday afternoon for the Saturday match.
Zesco United’s Serbian coach, Zlatko Krmpotic remarked that the team was preparing adequately to ensure that they qualify to the group stage of the CAF confederations cup.
Krmpotic added that he will not pay any attention to what was happening in Enugu camp following the firing of their coach after the 2- 2.
This is a good result for us but it is only the first leg,” Krmpotic said. “What is important for me is only how my team plays and not about Enugu Rangers.
“We still have 90 minutes to play and it will be different at home and I think we have the ability to win the final leg and qualify to the group stage.”
He however complemented Enugu Rangers as a good side.
Sports Village Square gathered that the coach believed Zesco United’s 2017 CAF Confederation Cup Group stage dream was within touching distance.
Zesco stunned hosts Enugu Rangers of Nigeria on Sunday, to deny them a win with two late second half goals, when the Zambian club rallied from two-down to finish 2-2 in a Confederation Cup, pre-group stage, first leg match.
A scoreless draw at home on Saturday, at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, will see Zesco qualify to the group stage in May on away goals rule.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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