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Rangers held to 2-2 draw by Zesco of Zambia

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Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Sunday faced elimination from the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup after playing a 2-2 draw with visiting Zesco United of Zambia.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu was in the first leg tie of their second Round of 16 fixture.

Rangers had given hopes of going to Zambia for Friday's second leg match with a 2-0 advantage, but this was all dashed within four minutes in the second half.

Chibuzo Madu scored with a penalty kick in the 24th minute, after a foul on Osas Okoro in the penalty area, while Okoro made it 2-0 in the 47th minute.

But the visitors reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute through Omiwo Odhiambo, while Patrick Kongolo ensured they left Enugu with a 2-2 draw in the 77th minute.

The Zambians could have even made it 3-2 as Lazarous Kambole beat an offside trap to face goalkeeper Nana Bonsu, but the Ghanaian pulled off a save.

In his reaction to the match, Zesco United's Technical Adviser, Zlatco Kirmpote, said his team came to Nigeria with the intention of beating Rangers.

“Well, that 2-2 draw is not a bad result. But it is not yet over, because we are not going to take Rangers for granted in the second leg.

“We want to qualify and, with the 2-2 draw, our job at home will be easier,'' he said.

At the National League level, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan defeated visiting Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna 2-1 in a Match Day 18 fixture of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 3SC got their opening goal through Sunday Faleye in the 38th minute.

Substitute Wilfred Angel equalised for the visitors in the 75th minute.

3SC got their second goal through Ivorian substitute Assiri Emmanuel who utilised Lekan Bola's pass in the 81st minute.

After the match, coach Abubakar Bala of Niger Tornadoes said they lost the game because they lost concentration towards the end of the game.

“This is the third time we have lost in a similar way. I mean, loss of concentration cost us at least a draw here. We lost to Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars this same way.

“But we will work on our shortcomings,” Bala said.
Speaking also, coach Fatai Amoo of 3SC lauded his players for winning the game, saying it was a great display from both teams.

“It is a fantastic display from two great teams and I must commend the effort of my players for the outcome of today's match,” he said. (NAN)