Head coach of Rangers International Benedict Ugwu has warned ASC Kara to expect a different proposition when both sides clash in the reverse fixture of their CAF Confederation Cup playoff tie in Enugu on 3 November.
The Togolese champions handed Ugwu’s team a 2-1 defeat on Sunday in Lome, but the former Nigeria defender remains optimistic The Flying Antelopes will reach the group stage of the competition despite the first leg blip.
Asked whether the result against Kara is a good one, Surugede as Ugwu is fondly called, said: “Yes, 2-1 is a good result for me, because I know that when we go back (to Enugu), we have seen our mistake, we have conceded 2-1 also, and we will make sure they are out of this competition.
“Well, although we lost, instead of losing 2-0 or losing 1-0, it is better I lose by 2-1.
“So, we know what we are going to do, we have known our mistake, and when we go back to Nigeria we are going to rectify it. We know that surely, we are going to qualify because the type of game they saw here is not the type of game we are going to play in Enugu.”
While admitting the brilliance of ASC Kara, who parade several players in the CHAN-bound Sparrow Hawks team that eliminated Nigeria during the qualifiers, Ugwu stated that his ‘better’ Rangers side will make home advantage count at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.
“The team (Kara) is a very good team, no doubt about it. For having up to seven players in their CHAN team, they have good players,” he praised the Togolese side. “But we know we are better off.
“They have been playing on the pitch in Lome and they know in and out of the field. When they come to Enugu, they will test our own field also.”
Overall winners of the fixture will progress to the group stage of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup.
Last season, Rangers, under the tutelage of former coach Gbenga Ogunbote, reached the group stage of the competition.