Enugu Rangers and Benin Republic defender Isaac Loute is insisting that the flying antelopes are out to win the CAF Confederation Cup.
Loute who was reacting to Monday’s CAF Confederation Cup draw where Rangers will face Etoile Sportive du Sousse, CS Sfaxien and Salitas FC of Burkina Faso, exclusively told Diegwusports.com that the flying antelopes will go into the group stages with every determination.
‘I know it’s a tough group. They are very strong teams but we have set ourselves a target which is to win three trophies which includes the CAF Confederation Cup. We are going to respect them like the big team they are but we too are a big team, so we are going to go out there and prove that.’
Isaac Loute who scored the decisive spot kick for Rangers International in last year’s Nigeria Federation Cup also responded to the insinuations of most pundits that his team has had a relatively easy route to the group stages. Loute insists that the opposition were hard teams to break.
‘I totally disagree that it was easy for us. The match against Bantu in Lesotho was a very hard one, they played very well and the did the same in the 2nd leg. It is one thing to have an easy opponent like they say on paper but it’s another thing to leave up to the bidding of being a favorite.’
Rangers are currently unbeaten in all 6 matches they have played this season in the CAF Confederation Cup and have lost just one official match this season against Lobi Stars in the NFF Super Cup.
According to Isaac Loute this early season fine form is down to the stability in the team and also down to the head coach Gbenga Ogunbute who has given more belief to the players.
‘Last season, most of us were new to the club including the coach. It took time for him to find the right team, the right players to fit into the tactics. Thus season it’s different because we understand his philosophy of football and as a group we understand each other better. We can only get better.”
Rangers are strong favorites to win the NPFL this season and will be looking to make a good start to their NPFL campaign which begins in the coming days.