Enugu Rangers Crash Out of CAF Confederation Cup

Rangers International FC’s hope of advancing in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup varnished yesterday when they were beaten 1-0 in Enugu by visiting Club Sportive Sfaxien of Tunisia.

Rangers paid for their wastefulness in front of goal when Nassim Hnid Sfaxien rifled in the winner in the 73rd minute.

The Flying Antelopes missed a lot of chances in the first half and continued from where they stopped in the second 45 minutes.

With the result, CS Sfaxien has qualified with their compatriots, Etoile du Sahel also of Tunisia, with 12 and 10 points respectively.

Rangers FC and Salitas FC of Burkina-Faso crashed out on five and four points respectively as Salitas lost their last match in the group by the same margin to Etoile in Tunisia.

In a post match interview, Rangers Coach, Olugbenga Ogunbote, said that his team lost to lack of concentration.

“We have been having upper hand in an attempt to score and pushed them to their half; only to lose concentration on the free kick which gave them the victory.

“It is unfortunate that we lost the match and we are going home to do more work as this showed us that we still have a lot of work to do.

“Rangers have no other option at the moment than to accept defeat and go back to the league to fight for continental spot,’’ Ogunbote said.

Sfaxien’s Coach, Ruud Krol, said that they knew from the beginning of the league that the road to success was difficult but they surmounted the group stage.

“Today we played on Astro Turf and the temperature was high but I feel happy that we won and qualified to the next stage.

“We knew that it was going to be difficult and the fact that we defeated Rangers at home did not mean that the match was not tough.

“Rangers made it tough for us and I am happy that we came, saw and conquered. From here now, we are going to work hard for the quarter-final stage.”

Culled by Ike Onwubuya



CAF Confederation Cup: Enugu Rangers hope for upset at CS Sfaxien

Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2019/02/11/caf-confederation-cup-enugu-rangers-hope-for-upset-at-cs-sfaxien/

Unbeaten Enugu Rangers have said they hope to win even though they may be regarded as the underdogs going into Wednesday’s CAF Confederation Cup Group B tie at CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.

“We may be seen as the weak team going into this match and that fits us very well as our target is to go there and surprise them,” said midfielder ‘Black Panther’ Ajani Ibrahim.

“By God’s grace, we shall come back with a good result. The three points at stake is not too far away.”

“We are confident going into this match against Sfaxien in Tunisia and we believe that we shall come back with a good result,” added captain Okey Odita.

“They are a good side by all standards and we respect them for being a former winner of the trophy but on the pitch, we shall do the needful to ensure that we put ourselves in the best position to qualify for the quarter-final before the last round of matches.”

It would be recalled that CS Sfaxien after a 1-0 aggregate loss to Rangers in the 2013 edition of the competition progressed to emerge winners of that year’s edition after their protest against the use of goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel by Rangers was upheld by CAF.

‘Juventus El Arab’ parade former Enyimba midfielder Kingsley Sokari.

Both sides are on three points from their match Day 1 victories with the Nigerians top on account of having scored more goals in a group that also has Salitas FC of Burkina Faso and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

18 players move abroad, Plateau United ship out 5

According to records available to SCORENigeria, no less than 18 players from the domestic league have so far moved overseas this year.

Champions Plateau United have thus far lost to most players to clubs abroad – Five.

Enugu Rangers and Rivers United were also affected by the exodus.

Here is a full list of the transfers:

Enugu Rangers – Christian Pyagbara – Damac FC (Saudi Arabia); Christian Madu – CD Nacional (Portugal);  Uche Nwofor – JS Kabylie (Algeria)

Plateau United –  Okiemute Marshal Odah – Jeddah FC (Saudi Arabia); Sunday Ngbede – Lori FC (Armenia); Raphael  Ayangwa – Lillestrom SK ( Norway); Peter Eneji  – AS Trencin (Slovakia); Emeka Umeh – AS Trencin (Slovakia)

Rivers United – Onoriode Marshal Odah – Enppi (Egypt); Emeka Ogbu – Mouloudia Club Oujda (Morocco)

Remo Stars – Sodiq Anthony Rasheed, Patrick Emmanuel  Okoko – BK Fremad Amager (Denmark)

Akwa United– Gabriel Okechukwu – Wydad AC Casablanca (Morocco); Harmony Ikande – Jabalain FC (Saudi Arabia)

Kano Pillars – Kalu Orji – Mouloudia Club Oujda (Morocco)

Lobi Stars – Paul Odeh Onobi – Al-Nojoom FC (Saudi Arabia); Anthony Okpotu -Difaâ El Jadidi (Morocco); Kingsley Eduwo- Club Sportif Sfaxien ( Tunisia)

By Kola Daniel

Culled from http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2018/09/06/18-players-move-abroad-plateau-united-ship-out-5/


Total mactches= 64

⚽⚽TOTAL GOALS SCORED – 169 (2.64 per match)









1. H. Kane (England) – 6

2. K. Mbappé (France) – 4

3. Griezmann (France) – 4

4. C. Ronaldo (Portugal) – 4

5. R. Lukaku (Belgium) – 4

6. D. Cheryshev (Russia) – 4

7. Ivan Perišić (Croatia) – 3

8. M. Mandžukić (Croatia) – 3

9. E. Hazard (Belgium) – 3

10. D. Costa (Spain) – 3

11. E. Cavani (Uruguay) – 3

12. A. Dzyuba (Russia) – 3

13. Y. Mina (Colombia) – 3

14. P. Coutinho (Brazil) – 2

15. J. Stones (England) – 2

16. M. Salah (Egypt) – 2

17. L. Suárez (Uruguay) – 2

18. A. Granqvist (Sweden) – 2

19. L. Modric (Croatia) – 2

20. D. Neymar Jr. (Brazil) – 2

21. S. Agüero (Argentina) – 2

22. A. Musa (Nigeria) – 2

23. M. Jedinak (Australia) – 2

24. S. Heung-min (South Korea) – 2

25. W. Khazri (Tunisia) – 2

26. T. Inui (Japan) – 2

27. 1 GOAL – 84 players


BEST PLAYER: Luka Modric (Croatia)

BEST YOUNG PLAYER: Kylian Mbappé (France)

TOP SCORER: Harry Kane (England)

BEST GOALKEEPER: Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)



1. France

2. Croatia

3. Belgium

4. England

5. Russia

6. Sweden

7. Brazil

8. Uruguay

9. Colombia

10. Switzerland

11. Japan

12. Mexico

13. Denmark

14. Spain

15. Portugal

16. Argentina

17. Senegal

18. Poland

19. Tunisia

20. Panama

21. Korea Republic

22. Germany

23. Serbia

24. Costa Rica

25. Nigeria

26. Iceland

27. Peru

28. Australia

29. Iran

30. Morocco

31. Saudi Arabia

32. Egypt


1ST <CHAMPIONS> – $38m

2ND – $28m

3RD PLACE – $24m

4TH PLACE – $22m


9TH–16TH PLACE (ROUND OF 16) – $12m



1930 – Uruguay 🇺🇾

1934 – Italy 🇮🇹

1938 – Italy 🇮🇹

1950 – Uruguay 🇺🇾

1954 – Germany 🇩🇪

1958 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1962 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1966 – England 🏴

1970 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1974 – Germany 🇩🇪

1978 – Argentina 🇦🇷

1982 – Italy 🇮🇹

1986 – Argentina 🇦🇷

1990 – Germany 🇩🇪

1994 – Brazil 🇧🇷

1998 – France 🇫🇷

2002 – Brazil 🇧🇷

2006 – Italy 🇮🇹

2010 – Spain 🇪🇸

2014 – Germany 🇩🇪

2018 – France 🇫🇷


Brazil 🇧🇷 – 5

Germany 🇩🇪 – 4

Italy 🇮🇹 – 4

Argentina 🇦🇷 – 2

France 🇫🇷 – 2

Uruguay 🇺🇾 – 2

England 🏴 – 1

Spain 🇪🇸 – 1

* Only three managers have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager:

1958 & 1970: 🇧🇷 Mario Zagallo

1974 & 1990: 🇩🇪 Franz Beckenbauer

1998 & 2018: 🇫🇷 Didier Deschamps


🇵🇱 Wojciech Szczesny

🇩🇪 Manuel Neuer

🇦🇷 Willy Caballero

🇺🇾 Fernando Muslera

🇭🇷 Danijel Subasic

🇸🇦 Mohammed Al Owais

🇪🇸 David De Gea

🇦🇷 Franco Armani

🇯🇵 Eiji Kawashima

🇫🇷 Hugo Llloris


Griezmann (3)

Modric (3)

Hazard (3)

Kane (3)

Ronaldo (2)

Cheryshev (2)

Coutinho (2)

Mbappé (2)

Suárez (2)


🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo (Freekick)

🇧🇷 Philippe Coutinho

🇪🇸 Nacho

🇭🇷 Luka Modrić

🇷🇺 Aleksandr Golovin (Freekick)

🇷🇸 Aleksandar Kolarov (Freekick)

🇨🇴 Juan Quintero (Freekick)

🇨🇭 Granit Xhaka

🇰🇷 Son Heung-min

🇩🇪 Toni Kroos (Freekick)

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Jesse Lingard

🇺🇾 Luis Suárez (Freekick)

🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah

🇵🇹 Ricardo Quaresma

🇦🇷 Angel Di Maria

🇫🇷 Benjamin Pavard

🇷🇺 Denis Cheryshev

🏴 Kieran Trippier (Freekick)

🇫🇷 Paul Pogba

🇫🇷 Kylian Mbappé


Aziz Behich (against France)

Fernandinho (against Belgium)

Ahmed Fathy (against Russia)

Edson Álvarez (against Sweden)

Aziz Bouhaddouz (against Iran)

Oghenekaro Etebo (against Croatia)

Thiago Cionek (against Senegal)

Denis Cheryshev (against Uruguay)

Sergei Ignashevich (against Spain)

Yann Sommer (against Costa Rica)

Yassine Meriah (against Panama)

Mario Mandžukić (against France)


☑️ Griezmann (3)

☑️Kane (3)

☑️ Jedinak (2)

☑️ Granqvist (2)

☑️ Hazard

☑️ Kagawa

☑️ Modric

☑️ Salah

☑️ Sassi

☑️ Ronaldo

☑️ Vela

☑️ Al-Faraj

☑️ Ansarifard

☑️ Sigurdsson

☑️ Moses

☑️ Dzyuba

✖️ Ronaldo

✖️ Sigurdsson

✖️ Cueva

✖️ Messi

✖️ Al-Muwallad

✖️ Modrić

✖️ Ruiz




🇷🇺 Aleksandr Golovin

🇵🇹 Cristiano Ronaldo

🇷🇸 Aleksandar Kolarov

🇨🇴 Juan Quintero

🇩🇪 Toni Kroos

🇺🇾 Luis Suárez

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Kieran Trippier


Javier Mascherano (Argentina)

Lucas Biglia (Argentina)

Andres Iniesta (Spain)

Keisuke Honda (Japan)

Sardar Azmoun (Iran)

Sergei Ignashevich (Russia)

*(only confirmed ones)*


🇧🇷 Brazil – 21

🇩🇪 Germany – 19

🇮🇹 Italy – 17

🇦🇷 Argentina – 17

🇲🇽 Mexico – 16

🇫🇷 France – 15

🇪🇸 Spain – 15

🏴 England – 15

🇧🇪 Belgium – 13

🇺🇾 Uruguay – 13

🇷🇸 Serbia – 12

🇸🇪 Sweden – 12

🇨🇭 Switzerland – 11

🇷🇺 Russia – 11

🇺🇸 USA – 10

🇳🇱 Netherlands – 10

🇰🇷 South Korea – 11

🇭🇺 Hungary – 10

🇨🇿 Czech Republic – 9

🇨🇱 Chile – 9

🏴 Scotland – 9

🇵🇱 Poland – 8

🇵🇾 Paraguay – 8

🇵🇹 Portugal – 7

🇧🇬 Bulgaria – 7

🇨🇲 Cameroon – 7

🇷🇴 Romania – 7

🇦🇹 Austria – 7

🇯🇵 Japan – 6

🇳🇬 Nigeria – 6

🇨🇴 Colombia – 5

🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia – 5

🇳🇿 Australia – 5

🇭🇷 Croatia – 5

🇹🇳 Tunisia – 5

🇮🇷 Iran – 5

🇨🇷 Costa Rica – 5

🇵🇪 Peru – 5

🇲🇦 Morocco – 5

🇩🇰 Denmark – 5

🇩🇿 Algeria – 4

🇬🇭 Ghana – 3

🇮🇪 Ivory Coast – 3


1. M. Klose 🇩🇪 (16)

2. Ronaldo 🇧🇷 (15)

3. G. Muller 🇩🇪 (14)

4. J. Fontaine 🇫🇷 (13)

5. Pele 🇧🇷 (12)

6. S. Kocsis (11)

7. J. Klinsman 🇩🇪 (11)

8. T. Muller 🇩🇪 (10)

9. H. Rahn 🇩🇪 (10)

10. G. Batistuta 🇦🇷 (10)

11.G. Lineker 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (10)


PSG – 12

Barcelona – 11

Tottenham – 11

Real Madrid – 10

Manchester United – 8

Atletico Madrid – 8

Manchester City – 5

Chelsea – 4

Liverpool – 4

Dortmund – 3

Inter Milan – 3

Juventus – 3

West Brom – 2



‘We must want what we get’ – Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote satisfied with Wikki Tourist draw

Gbenga Ogunbote said he is satisfied with a point secured by his Enugu Rangers side after a 1-1 draw against Wikki Tourist in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi on Sunday.

Having trashed the Giant Elephants 3-0 a week ago, the Flying Antelopes extended their unbeaten run to four matches and were desperate to maintain their form against Bala Nikyu’s side.

However, the visitors’ quest of securing a positive result was almost dashed when the hosts gained the lead courtesy Usman Manu after 15 minutes of the game to the joy of the home fans.

Meanwhile, Tope Olusesi leveled matters in the 35th minute after goalkeeper Pius Ibrahim failed to deal with Isaac Loute’s cross to hand Ogunbote’s side their fifth draw away this season.

And the former Enyimba tactician, who harboured dreams of winning, felt both sides shared the spoils because Wikki were desperate to another defeat at their hands.

“When we cannot get what you need, we must want what we get against Wikki Tourist,” Ogunbote told media.

“Getting a point on the road in the second round was a not outing though we came with hopes of winning we must accept the result. I think that they were under pressure from any team and I believe they played better at our home than they did here.

“I understand the pressure of playing at home and any team could be in this circumstance. They just played dirty to make they don’t lose in the worst situation but they are not a bad side.

“They have young and talented players, and of course a very good coach too. But playing a team that just defeated them 3-0 just a week ago will definitely put them on pressure.”

After the stalemate,  Enugu Rangers are now sixth with 29 points from 20 matches this season.

Tornadoes’ Ibrahim Babawo delighted with goal against Rangers

Niger Tornadoes Ibrahim Babawo is happy to have scored the winning goal against Rangers on Sunday but happier his side won a tough game against Rangers.

Ibrahim Babawo’s goal in the 17th minute was all Niger Tornadoes needed to defeat Enugu Rangers in a Matchday 16 fixture in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) at the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna on Sunday.

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Despite a late Rangers rally, Tornadoes held on for the three points in a game Babawo described as a very difficult game.

“It was hard. Very hard for us but I’m happy we got the three points at stake because Rangers are a very tough side to play whether home or away,” he told npfl.ng after the game.

“I’m happy I scored but much happier we got the three points today (Sunday). I missed the team when I went to Egypt and I’m glad to be back to help the team.”

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Ibrahim Babawo also promised that he and his teammates will keep working hard to ensure his side finish in a good position on the log and a place for a continental football next season.

“We will keep working hard to make sure we do better as the league progresses. Hopefully, we shall get a continental ticket at the end of the season.”

By: Tope Adefala

Culled from https://www.sportlineng.com/2018/04/09/tornadoes-ibrahim-babawo-delighted-goal-rangers-eyes-continental-slot/ by Ike Onwubuya

Nigerian League Round-Up: Five home teams get controversial penalties

March 25, 2018Tunde Eludini

Lobi Stars required a penalty kick in the last minute of stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win over Rivers United in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 14 tie in Makurdi on Sunday.

The game, played at the Aper Aku Stadium, looked like it will end in a stalemate before the host were given a penalty (second in the match) in stoppage time. This was converted by Austin Ogunye.

The victory recorded by Lobi Stars saw them increase their points tally to 26 after 14 games as they stay top for another week.

In Owerri, there was another late penalty drama as Heartland piped Nasarawa United 2-1 at the Dan Ayiam stadium.

Nasarawa United team manager, Solomon Babanja, bemoaned the manner in which his side lost to Heartland in Owerri on Sunday.

According to him, he had never seen such officiating in his life.

“I am not a happy man today, why will a man that is supposed to do justice to the game end up to be a killjoy?

“The Coaches did a good job to prepare the team for this game but look at what the man from Ondo state did to deny the efforts of my boys with two dubious penalty calls gifting the home side the win.”

The long-serving team manager added that he would appeal to the LMC to look into the game again stating that if officiating continues like this then, “we will never reach the promised land as expected”.

The late penalty drama also played out in the Go Round Fc and Enugu Rangers tie with the home team needing a dying minute spot kick to rescue a 2-2 draw against the Flying Antelopes.

In all, seven penalties kicks were given to five home teams in the NPFL matches today.

Five of those penalties were awarded when the home teams were losing or drawing and three were very late in extra time.

Away from the penalty dramas, the NPFL Match Day 14 games produced 29 goals; the most this season in any Match Day.

NPFL Results

Heartland 2-1 Nasarawa Utd

Lobi 3-2 Rivers Utd

Akwa Utd 1-1 Abia Warriors

Wikki 3-0 El-Kanemi

FCIU 3-0 Plateau Utd

Kwara Utd 2-1 Kano Pillars

Tornadoes 1-0 Sunshine Stars

Yobe DS 1-1 Enyimba

Go Round 2-2 Rangers

MFM 2-1 Katsina Utd


Goals:- 29

Home Wins:- 7

Draws:- 3

Home Goals:- 20

Away Goals:- 9

Culled from https://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/football/263037-nigerian-league-round-up-five-home-teams-get-controversial-penalties.html by Ike Onwubuya