As Rangers International FC of Enugu gear up to face Algerian side USM Bel Abbes in the 2nd leg of the Total/CAF Confederation Cup (CCC) First Round knock out at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu on Sunday, Rangers forward Kelvin Itoya tells busybuddiesng.com that victory against the Algerians is all but assured saying “we give God all the glory for the victory because it is done”.
Rangers would be looking to progress to the play-off round of the competition at the expense of the Algerians and Itoya says the players are “well motivated for the match” and have “resolved as players to go all out and get the desired victory”.
With the tie delicately poised at 0 – 0 on aggregate after Rangers secured a highly creditable draw away in the 1st leg at Stade 24 Fevrier 1956 in Algiers, Itoya says the Flying Antelopes “are going to finish the job here in Enugu”.
”The goalless draw we played in far away USM Bel Abbes was really a morale booster for us considering the hitches we went through,” the former Warri Wolves forward said.
The forward who turns 23 on December 30 is certainly not lacking confidence perhaps still basking in his role in the incredible come from behind victory against Kano Pillars in the Aiteo Cup final in October when he came on to score the first goal as Rangers made up a three-goal deficit 13 minutes before the end to eventually win on penalties.
Since that match in October which marked the end of what was a highly irregular 2017/2018 domestic football season, the Flying Antelopes have not had any meaningful post-season break having had to start preparations almost immediately for their continental campaign in the CCC.
With the league still enmeshed in crisis and yet to kick off for the 2018/2019 season, Itoya says a lack of league matches would not stop the Flying Antelopes from “proceeding to the next round” of the CAF Confederation Cup.
“I don’t think it is going to obstruct us in any way because we have been playing matches,” he said.
“You would recall we played the FA Cup final on the 24th of October and it’s just two months and since after that match we have been preparing for tournaments. We didn’t even have enough time to go for break so it’s not going to be a problem to us.
“I think the fans should be expecting a total come out from us we are going to come out totally for the game and it is total victory by the special grace of God and I think [the lack of league matches] is not going to affect us in any way.
“So by God’s grace we are going to get the victory and we are going to proceed to the next round so we give God all the glory for the victory because it’s done.”