CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup: Itoya Backs Rangers to go Far


Enugu Rangers at­tack­ing mid­fielder Kelvin Itoya has told foot­bal­l­ that he is happy with his goal in the team’s 3 – 1 win over the De­fence Force of Ethiopia but hav­ing qual­i­fied for the first round of the Cham­pi­onship to play Al­ge­ria’s USM Bel-Abbes he in­sists that the jour­ney will only get tougher but the team is up to the task and ready to make the coun­try proud on the con­ti­nent.

Tak­ing a two goal lead to Ethiopia for the sec­ond leg of the CAF Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup, the Ai­teo Cup cham­pi­ons were shocked in the sec­ond minute when the home side con­verted a penalty but brushed them­selves up to win the match 3-1 qual­i­fy­ing with a 5 – 1 ag­gre­gate.

Bright Si­las and God­win Aguda scored for the away side in the first half be­fore su­per sub­sti­tute Kelvin Itoya made it three in the 81st minute. Itoya re­vealed to foot­bal­l­ that what gave the team the con­fi­dence was their de­ci­sion not to park the bus. ”We give God all the glory, De­fence Force is not a bad side, Be­fore leav­ing Nige­ria we had al­ready made a re­solve that we were not go­ing to stay back and de­fend but we were go­ing to come all out and at­tack and I thank God that it paid off in the end.

We lis­tened to the coaches’ in­struc­tion, we came out to play our game, we got the equalizer, and went on to win the game as early as the first half and thank God I was able to get the third goal when I came on.”

With the vic­tory, Enugu Rangers will now face Al­ge­rian side USM Bel-Abbes in the first round of the cham­pi­onship and Itoya is con­fi­dent that the team will do well, also call­ing for sup­port from Nige­ri­ans. “Go­ing into the sec­ond round and meet­ing an Al­ge­rian side, it’s go­ing to be a tough one also and we want Nige­ri­ans to rally round us with their sup­port and prayers and I think we would get the de­sired re­sult and progress to the play­off stage, we’ll take the games one at a time and see how it goes”

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