‘Rangers respect but don’t fear Zamalek’
Enugu Rangers is in a boisterous mood. The Flying Antelopes at the weekend survived J.S Saoura of Algeria in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League and their reward is a meeting with another North African side, Zamalek of Egypt, in the second qualifying round of the competition. But they are not fretting at the prospect of meeting the team that accounted for Enyimba of Aba’s exit from the competition last season.
In fact, they can’t wait to trade tackles with the former African champions, who gave Nigeria’s legendary star, Emmanuel Amuneke, his first taste of professional football.
Looking forward to a successful campaign against Zamalek next month, Enugu Rangers’ Chief Executive Officer, Christian Chukwu, says there is no cause for alarm.
Rangers will be away to the Egyptian giants next month in a CAF Champions League first round match with the return leg in Enugu a week later.
The overall winners will qualify for the money-spinning stage of the continent’s foremost club competition. Chukwu was captain and later coach of Rangers and he said the team are prepared to battle Zamalek next month.
He told africanfootball.com, “We are fully ready for Zamalek. We respect them but we are not afraid of them. “We have already started preparation ahead of that encounter.
“The match against JS Saoura of Algeria was an eye opener and it has put our players in continental mood.”
Rangers eliminated JSS from Algeria on the away goals rule, while Zamalek were drawn bye to the first round of the Champions League after they lost in last year’s final to Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa.