RANGERS COACH: HUNGER AND FATIGUE COST US ZESCO GAME

Chukwuma Agbo
By Carl Orakwue

Interim Coach Enugu Rangers , Chukwuma Agbo has attributed his sides loss to Zesco United in the CAF Confederation Cup 2nd leg playoff match at the weekend to fatigue and hunger.

Rangers were beaten 3:0 on the day, losing 5:2 on aggregate and Agbo says it was only to be expected as his wards turned up hungry and tired for the encounter.

Speaking at a post match interview Agbo revealed that internal problems at the club meant the team arrived Ndola for the game less than two hours before kickoff.

"We lost this game at Enugu. You know we left Enugu just yesterday morning getting to this place less than two hours to the match. You know fatigue. We are all human beings.

"We came out stronger in the second half to see if we could remedy the situation but we found out that being human beings you don't cheat nature," Agbo said.

The Zambian side totally dominated the encounter while Rangers were left chasing the game for the better part of the match.

John Ching’andu netted a first half brace while Jesse Jackson Were, made it 3-0 in the second half.

Asked what his approach for the game was and why star names like Osas Okoro and Daniel Etor didn't start, the interim Coach made bold to say his tactics and personnel on the day was influenced by his teams failure to have eaten any food since the day before.

"Because of fatigue I wanted us to conserve our strength by holding the ball first and looking for counter attacks to score.

"They have not eaten since yesterday. They ate just those things they give on the plane.

"We came in here, no food. We managed to eat banana and play.

"Most of them (players) that I felt are not strong enough to follow this people, because this people are athletic, this people are strong, were not played."


Protest over match allowances meant Enugu Rangers failed to depart Nigeria on Thursday as scheduled leading to their late arrival to Zambia for the fixture.
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