Heartland Football Club yesterday, Sunday July 18, dashed the hopes of Rangers International qualifying for continental game next term thanks to a 2-1 victory in Owerri.
Rangers saw a loss at the Dan Ayiam Stadium in a tie they needed all maximum points to keep them in strong contention for CAF Confederation Cup spot.
The Flying Antelopes were down by a goal at the early stage of the game as a result of bad defending which allowed Chijioke Mbaoma to slot past Bonsu from close range.
The youngster opened his scoring account for Heartland after a good lob pass from midfield by playmaker, Austine Opara which caught Rangers defence offguard.
Rangers came roaring back to draw on level terms after super substitute Elijah Ani capitalised on the defensive woes of Heartland back line to retrieve the ball before dribbling goalkeeper Chijioke Ejiogu for the equaliser.
Their celebration was short lived as the Naze Millionaires got their lead back in the 37 minutes with Chijioke Akuneto powering a thunderbolt strike past hapless goalkeeper Nana Bonsu after the initial effort from Bright Onyedikachi was saved by the shotstopper.
The goal was all that was needed for Heartland to seal the victory with the host now remaining 12th on log with 44 points from 33 games, while visitors Rangers sit seventh with 52 points, and six points below Kano Pillars who are currently occupying third on the table.