Nigeria’s representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, Rangers Intl and Enyimba FC on Sunday kick started their group stage campaign in Africa’s second tier competition on a losing note.
At the Cathedral in Enugu, Egypt’s pyramid defeated the Salisu Yusuf led side scoring two late goals to come from behind and earn a 3-1 away win.
Ibrahim Olawoyin fired the hosts in front in the 29th minute after a neat exchange with a teammate, firing a low shot into the bottom corner.
However, Rangers paid dearly for the dismissal of Temitope Olusesi, who was given a second booking on the stroke of halftime, as Pyramids created numerous goal-scoring chances after the restart.
Mohamed Farouk converted a penalty awarded for a handball in the 54th minute to restore parity and a late rally saw Pyramids claim all three points.
Tunisian winger Amor Layouni drove a fierce angled drive into the bottom corner on 83 minutes after being fed by playmaker Islam Eissa, who turned from provider to scorer to complete the rout with three minutes remaining.
Eissa sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot after Eric Traore was tripped by the keeper.
It was also a similar story in Morocco as Enyimba fell to Hassania Agadir 2-0 conceding twice in the first 19 minutes.
Bekaoui and Cisse were on target for the Moroccan side in the 14th and 19th minute to condemn Usman Abdallah side to defeat.