By Albert Akota
Enugu Rangers started their campaign in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on a resounding note following a comfortable 2-0 home win against Salitas of Burkina Faso at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium yesterday.
The visitors arrived Enugu few hours before kick-off and were totally outplayed by the Flying Antelopes who wasted a number of clear cut chances in the game.
Rangers took the lead as early as the 2nd minute with Godwin Aguda hitting the back of the net to the delight of the home fans.
Isaac Loute put the game beyond the visitors when he scored the second for Rangers on the hour mark.
Meanwhile, Lobi Stars’ hopes of progressing into the knockout round of the CAF Champions League suffered a huge setback following a 1-0 home defeat to Morocco’s Wydad Casablanca at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Saturday
It was the Makurdi club’s second defeat in Group A after they went down by the same scoreline against Asec Mimosas of Cote d’lvoire on matchday-two.
Mohamed Nahiri netted the winning goal from the spot in the 20th minute blasting past Olufemi Kayode in goal for Lobi Stars.
Kayode however saved another penalty in the 63rd minute, but the hosts were unable to find an equaliser despite piling pressure on the opposition’s defence in the closing stages of the game.
Former Super Eagles forward Babatunde Micheal started the game for Wydad Casablanca and was replaced by Amin Tighazoui 13 minutes from time.
Wydad Casablanca now occupy top spot in the group with six points from three games, while South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns who defeated Asec 3-1 on Friday sit in second position with the same number of point but with an inferior goal difference.
Lobi Stars are third on the log with three points, with just one win from three group fixtures.
The Solomon Ogbeide’s men will face Wydad Casablanca in the reverse fixture on February 12 at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium, Rabat