Rangers midfielder Chiamaka Madu has described Sunday’s second leg, first round CAF Confederation Cup fixture against Gabonese side A.S. Pelican as ‘a must win’ game for his side.
After losing the first leg 2-1 in Libreville two weeks ago, Benedict Ugwu’s men must now overcome Pelican on aggregate in Enugu on Sunday to stand a chance of even reaching the group stage of the competition, a feat they achieved last season.
“I think the game is a must win game for us if we really need to advance to the next stage, we need to take this game,” Madu, who is still nursing an injury, said. “And it is one game at a time.
“The expectations from the club and from Nigeria as a whole, is for us to defeat Pelican of Gabon and advance to the next stage.
“And I think preparations have been made. And from the training programmes and commitment from the management, I think it’s a game we are going to win on Sunday by God’s grace.”
Last season, Rangers failed to go beyond the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, but the former Sharks FC player said the team is motivated to better their performance in the competition this term.
“I think we really need to get to the group stage because we did that last season, and need to do more than we did last season, that’s the motivation.
“Some of the players here are not happy with what happened last season – how we were eliminated last season. That’s the motivation for us to do well and to get to a better stage this season, by God’s grace.”