Kelvin Itoya backs Enugu Rangers to advance in Confed Cup

Kelvin Itoya backs Enugu Rangers to advance in Confed Cup
Al-Zamalek player Stanley Ohawuch (R) in action against Enugu Rangers player Charles Henlong (L) during the African Champions League

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Dec 25, 2018. 17:00

We are going to go far in this tournament, says the Rangers forward.

Enugu Rangers forward Kelvin Itoya has backed his team to enjoy a strong campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup after advancing through the first round this past weekend.

The Nigerian club defeated Algeria’s USM Bel Abbes 2-0 in Enugu on Sunday to win their Confed Cup tie by the same aggregate score and book a place in the playoff round next year.

Super-sub Itoya believes Rangers will overcome whoever they come up against next and enjoy a memorable time in the second-tier continental competition.

“First all we give glory to God for giving us this victory, as the good book says: ‘It is not of him that willeth or runneth but of God that showeth mercy.’ So we are grateful for the victory,” said the young forward.

“Going to the next round, before the group stage, I think we’ve been taking it one game at a time and we’ve not lost a game in this competition so far, and I don’t think the next year segment will be different from these previous matches played.

“I strongly believe we are going to scale through the next hurdle, when we get to know our next opponent, we will prepare hard and make sure that we go further in the competition.

Itoya added, “My target in the CAF Confederation Cup is that as a team we are going to be taking it each game at the time and we believe we are going to go far in this tournament.

“Having looked at how we got to this point you will know we are up for greatness.”

The Flying Antelopes will know their playoff round opponents when the draw is held at CAF headquarters in Cairo on December 28.

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