Rangers International of Enugu coach, Gbenga Ogunbote has praised his players for converting chances they got during the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup preliminary stage match away to Defence Force SC of Ethiopia, footballlive.ng reports.
Against all permutations, The Flying Antelopes got a 3-1 win away in Addis Ababa, and Ogunbote has now disclosed that it was simply because his lads snatched the few chances that came their way.
The former Sunshine Stars of Akure, Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Enyimba of Aba handler said they played against a good side, but added that The Coal City outfit’s depth of experience made a lot of difference.
Rangers beat Defence Force 3-1 in Addis Ababa today to go through 5-1 on aggregate, and will next face USM Bel Abbes of Algeria.
USM Bel Abbes, who sent packing LISCR FC of Liberia, will stage the first leg with the return tie in Enugu a week later, ahead of which Ogunbote is staying upbeat for another conquest.
He said his team drew from their experience even after they conceded a first minute penalty after a hand ball inside the box in Ethiopia.
Ogunbote stressed: “Experience gave us the edge knowing that we came here with a two-goal lead.
“Conceding very early gave us cause for some concern, but we gradually came into the match and got the result we needed.
“Defence Force is not a bad side but we did well to take most of our chances while they did not.
“We thank God for the victory against a good side who love to keep the ball, but failed to do the needful when it mattered.”