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Former Enugu Rangers coach: Zamalek are not invincible

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Posted on February 22, 2017

Former Enugu Rangers coach Lawrence Akpokon spoke about the upcoming clash between the Nigerian side and Cairo giants .

The 2016 Champions League runners-up will host the Flying Antelopes, who qualified for the Champions League as the 2016 Nigerian League champions, on weekend of March 10-12 before traveling for the second leg, which is set to be held between 17 and 19 March.

Akpokon explained that the Nigerian side has nothing to fear when facing last year’s finalists.

“Zamalek are not invincible. I remember there was a year Al Ahly went to Enugu and Rangers beat them 4-0 and the return leg in Cairo ended 0-0,” he told Complete Sports Nigeria.

Enugu Rangers had eliminated Al Ahly from the quarter-finals of the 2003 CAF Cup after beating them 4-0 on aggregate. The Nigerian team then lost to Raja Casablanca 4-3 on aggregate in the semi-final.

The manager pointed out that Rangers player must focus on their mental state and mindset before and during the game.

“For me, it depends on the Rangers players’ mentality and their mindset. Zamalek only have 11 players so there is nothing to fear. If Rangers prepare very well, there is no need to fear any opposition,” he added.

“I will advise that Rangers prepare most especially, the mental state of the players because the North Africans will apply every trick both on and off the pitch to frustrate you,” he concluded.

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