Nigeria champions, Rangers International of Enugu was yesterday dumped from the CAF champions league money spinning group stage after it could only manage a 2-1 win over visiting Zamalek FC of Egypt in the second leg of the first round of the championship.
The Nigerian side which lost the first leg 1-4 in Egypt immediately set out to cancel the deficit when they took the lead in the game courtesy of a goal from Tope Olusesi few minutes from the half time break.
Zamalek levelled scores in the second half to restore their confidence and goal advantage, leaving the Nigerians with a mountain to climb, as they needed to score four times to progress to the next round.
Godwin Aguda increased the tally for Enugu Rangers to maintain a slim lead ahead of the Egyptians via the spot but the 2-1 win was not enough for them to progress to the next round, which is the group stage.
Nigeria’s second representative in the CAF Champions league, Rivers United were also eliminated on Saturday, when they failed to take a 3-0 advantage to Sudan.
Rivers United were beaten 4-0 by Al Meriekh in Omduran, giving the Sudanese a 4-3 goal advantage that gave them an edge to move to the group stage.
Like Rivers United, Rangers will now drop to the CAF Confederations Cup where they will be hoping to make atonement for their poor showing in the CAF Champions League.