Rangers International will be looking to turn the corner this weekend as they take their redemption battle to Mauritania against FC Nouadhibou.
Salisu Yusuf’s men have their backs against the wall and need to bounce back to winning ways after going seven matches without a win in all competitions.
Rangers, though with a lot of injury worries to key players still have a large pool of reserves to pick from for this encounter against the reigning league champions of Mauritania.
The Rangers team arrived in Nouakchott, early on Friday morning and the team seems settled for the game on Sunday.
Attacking sensation, Kingsley Eleje, who just returned from an injury layoff is dreaming a win over in the game.
“The game against Nouadhibou is really going to be tough considering the fact that they have lost two games in a row and they want to win at all cost but the fact remains that we are a good team that can win anytime and anywhere even though we are battling to win games,” Eleje said.
“I believe we have the qualities to come out victorious at the end,” stated the power playing forward.
Eleje believes that Rangers can still qualify for the quarter-finals despite their poor start to the group stage of the competition.
“It is still very possible for us to come back full and qualify for the quarter-final despite losing our last two games. We can also win away from home to keep us on track.
“It is not the end until the last day of the group games. Rangers is a team with so much qualities. Every player on the team is very ready.”
No doubt, coach Salisu would have loved to have his full registered squad to choose his matchday team but would miss the services of Ifeanyi George, Pape Ousmane Sane, Ajani Ibrahim, Godspower Aniefiok, Semiu Liadi, Akpos Adubi and a few more in this crack encounter.
Even in the absence of these top performers, Yusuf and his assistant, Mbwas Mangut, are full of positivity going into the game.
Nnamdi Egbujuo makes a return to the match day squad after missing out of three match days due to injury while Ibrahim Olawoyin, Chiamaka Madu and Tony Shimaga will be screening the backline and giving adequate support to the front men in the third quarter.
Rangers gaffer, Salisu Yusuf who seems to be gradually instilling his style and philosophy to the club believes has to win it remaining games.
“We are condemned to start winning games and I believe that our contributions to the team will start manifesting soonest. Our opponents are champions of their league and we respect them for that but we shall approach the game as if it was a cup final. Despite injury worries, we can still walk tall at the end of the encounter.”
Rangers lost its first two fixtures in the group stage to Egyptian teams, Pyramids F.C 1-3 in Enugu after having a player sent off on the stroke of half time and 4-2 loss to Al-Masry in Egypt.
The return fixture against the Mauritanian league champions, F.C Nouadhibou will come up January 12, 2020 inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.