Nigeria’s Enugu Rangers have again crumbled miserably at home as they were battered 3-1 by visiting Egyptian side and continental debutants, Pyramid FC in the opening group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
It is the fourth time the team has lost at home this year after an earlier 2-0 loss to Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel in March as part of the 2018/19 Confederation Cup, a 0-1 loss to MFM and 1-2 to Rivers United in the Nigerian domestic league.
The chain of home losses have made the team very venerable on their home ground which they had earlier nicknamed “The Cathedral” after winning the Nigerian league 2016.
Alas! The Cathedral is desecrated. Prior to Sunday’s loss, Rangers have been experiencing a down town that necessitated the sack of Benedict Ugwu as the coach and the NFF seconding former national team coach, Salisu Yusuf on a redemption mission.
But there was no redemption for the team, which initially had a soul-lifting goal through Ibrahim Olawoyin in the 29th minute.
Rangers carried the lead into half time, but could not sustain it. Mohamed Farouk put the visitors on level term from a 54th minute penalty kick. Amor Layouni put the Pyramids ahead in the 83rd minute before Islam Eissa scored again from the penalty spot, three minutes before regulation time.
Full time: Enugu Rangers 1-3
Scorers: Ibrahim Olawoyin 29/ Mohamed Farouk 54 pen, Amor Layouni 83, Islam Eissa 87 pen
Temitope Olusesi (Enugu Rangers)
Red Card:Temitope Olusesi 45 (Enugu Rangers)
Pyramids FC: Ahmed El-Shennawi, Ragab Bakar, Abdallah Bakri, Ahmed Mansour (Amor Layouni 76), Ali Gabr, Omar Gaber, Mohamed Fathi (Islam Eissa 34), Nabil Donga, Eric Traore, Mohamed Farouk, John Antwi (Ibrahim Hassan 63)
Venue: Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium
Referee: Souleiman Ahmed Djamal (Djibouti)