Enugu Rangers secured passage to the play-off round of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory over Gabon’s AS Pelican.

The Flying Antelopes lost the first leg 2-1 a fortnight ago on the road, and fell behind here as early as the 5th minute via a well-placed free-kick by Dertin Amores.

That set the hosts further behind, meaning they needed to score three times in order to advance. They set about that task with enthusiasm, and were rewarded with an equaliser on the afternoon. Goalkeeper Japhet Opubo’s long clearance seemed harmless enough, but Ifeanyi George caught the Pelican goalkeeper off his line, and caught him out with a looping header.

The score stayed level until the break, after which Rangers returned with renewed purpose, and won the tie within 11 minutes of the restart.

First, Nnamdi Egbujuo rose highest in the box to head in an inviting delivery by Ibrahim Olawoyin with 50 minutes played. The provider then turned goalscorer himself, reacting quickest to a George flick-on from a long throw to turn the ball home and give Rangers the lead on aggregate.

The hosts might have extended their advantage on the day, but had to weather some late pressure to see out a 4-3 aggregate victory over their Gabonese counterparts.

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