Enugu Rangers ended their campaign in the CAF Confederation Cup on a disappointing note on Sunday; losing their final group game in the competition 0-1 against CS Sfaxien at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, Goal reports.
Nassim Hnid struck in the 73rd minute to condemn Rangers to their second successive home defeat against a Tunisian opposition.
Rangers already had their backs against the wall going into Sunday’s tie and needed victory to have any chance of progress with the Black and Whites who already sealed their place in the last eight even before boarding the plane to Nigeria.
Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote named the duo of Ajani Ibrahim and Pape Sane in his starting line up having missed the duo in the last away tie against Salitas.
Ajani was a welcome addition up front for the Nigerians while Sane was meant to help tighten things at the back where Rangers have not fared well enough compared to the other teams in Group B.
The Flying Antelopes expectedly started on the front foot hoping to get a quick opening goal but that never came as the Black and Whites were solid at the back and repelled on the attacks made by the desperate Nigerian side.
Gradually, the minutes were tickling away and the much sought after opening goal never game as the first half ended in a stalemate.
Despite already being assured of a place in the quarter-final, Sfaxien never took the feet off the pedal as they were all out to preserve their unbeaten run in the group phase.
Rangers’ supporters were left heartbroken in the 73rd minute when their already bad situation was made worse with a fine strike from Nassim.
The Nigerian flag bearers finished in third position in Group B with 5 points while CS Sfaxien topped the group with 12 points