CAF Club tourney: Sweet-bitter outings for NPFL teams




Enugu Rangers defeated Defense Force SC of Ethiopia 2-0 in a CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round, first leg match played in Enugu on Thursday.

The return leg in Ethiopia will be played in a week.

Godwin Aguda scored a brace for Rangers take a 2-0 advantage to next week’s CAF Confederation Cup preliminary round return leg.

Aguda clinically converted two second-half penalty kicks after Ajani Ibrahim went to the ground on 55 minutes and again on 84 minutes, when goal-bound Aguda was tripped from  behind.

Bright Silas came close to adding another, but his effort came off the woodwork in the 72nd minute.

Rangers second half rally was a slight lift from their wasteful start as the crisp-passing game of the visitors endeared them to the fans.

Similarly, Lobi Stars fell 1-0 to UMS de Loum of Cameroon in a 2019 CAF Champions League preliminary round, first leg match played in Yaounde.

Lobi Stars will be expected to overturn this result when both teams clash again in Makurdi in one week time.

The home team, who are making their international debut, piled on the pressure from the first whistle, but the Lobi Stars defence held out until the 64th minute, when Jean Abadan netted the match winner with a solo effort.

Lobi Stars then chased the game thereafter with Alex Aghahowa failing to draw his team level late in the second half.

Striker Samad Kadiri could also have restored parity in stoppage time but somehow he failed to hit the target.

 

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