Rangers out of Champions League

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Rangers will now playoff for a place in the group phase of the second-tier Confederation Cup

Rangers failed to advance to the money-spinning stage of the CAF Champions League even after they beat Zamalek 2-1 at home.
The Nigerian side crashed out of the competition 5-3 on aggregate.
Rangers will now playoff for a place in the group phase of the second-tier Confederation Cup.
In a match that saw understudy keeper Mahmoud Gennesh excel behind a sloppy Zamalek defensive line, the Nigerians took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Tope Olusesi.
Substitute Zamalek striker, Bassem Morsi, hit the equalizer in the 71st minute to make the hosts’ mission more difficult having headed into the round of 32 return-leg trailing 4-1 from Cairo.
Keeper Gennesh, who deputised for the injured Ahmed El-Shennawi, was called into action after just four minutes to thwart Bobby Clement – who scored Rangers’ sole goal at El-Salam Stadium last week.
Zamalek midfielder Maarouf Yussuf could have scored just two minutes later after forward Stanley Ohawuchi set him through on goal but the former struck into the keeper.
With the home side commanding possession, Cheik Abdul Aziz Camara headed high over in the 28th minute before keeper Gennesh came to superbly thwart Olusesi’s free kick a couple of minutes later.
Rangers then scored in the final minutes of the half after capitalising on some dismal marking from Zamalek central defenders Ali Gabr and Islam Gamal, as Olusesi was allowed to smash the roof of the net from inside the area.
Gennesh continued to shine after the break, this time keeping away Osas Okoro’s effort from outside the area, denying Enugu a second goal just three minutes into the second half.
It wasn’t the end of the keeper’s exploits though, being called into action once again in the 63rd minute, but it was seven minutes later when the Zamalek faithful breathed a sigh of relief after Morsi scored a crucial goal from close range following a cross from left-back Ahmed Fatouh.
The hosts then had a glimmer of hope after Egypt and Zamalek midfielder Tarek Hamed fouled an opponent inside the box, with the referee pointing to the spot.
Aguda made no mistake one minute from time sending Gennesh the wrong way, as Zamalek forward Ohawuchi was guilty of missing a sitter in the closing stages.
Rangers counterparts, Rivers United had on Saturday failed to reach the group phase of the competition after they lost 4-3 on aggregate to Al Merreikh of Sudan.

One comment

  • Egbu Yugo

    March 19, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Better luck next time, Rangers

    Reply

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