In form midfielder Godwin Aguda scored his sixth goal of this season’s CAF Confederation Cup campaign as Nigerian cup champions Rangers defeated Salitas FC of Burkina Faso 2-0 in Enugu to go top of Group B after the first round of matches.
Aguda scored within seven seconds of the start of the game, picking up the ball about thirty metres to goal, turned his marker inside out before firing home from just inside the box with his weaker left foot.
Both teams wasted a couple of decent opportunities to score but Rangers eventually doubled their advantage on the hour mark when Beninoise left back Isaac Loute curled home a perfect free kick from 30 yards. His trademark left footed effort went in off the right hand post.
Although Rangers missed more chances to increase the lead, their 2-0 result was enough to keep them on top of the group standings after Sunday’s first round of games with Tunisian side CS Sfaxien beating Etoile du Sahel 1-0 away in the all-Tunisian affair in Sousse.
Aymen Harzi tapped home what turned out to be the game’s only goal in the 9th minute for the Sfaxien side which had Nigerian midfielder Kingsley Sokari in their starting lineup. Etoile also had a penalty saved by Sfaxien goalkeeper Dahmen in the second half.
Rangers are unbeaten in this year’s competition having won six of their seven games played so far with midfielder Aguda and winger Bright Silas responsible for most of the team’s goals.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s side will resume league duties on Wednesday when they host Champions League representatives Lobi Stars at the Nnamdi Azikwe stadium in Enugu. Their next Confederation Cup game will be a trip to Sfaxien in ten days’ time.