‘I love defeating my former teams’ – Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote relishes Enyimba victory

The Flying Antelopes secured their first win in four meetings with the People’s Elephants and the gaffer is pleased subduing his former side

Gbenga Ogunbote is delighted after Enugu Rangers recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Enyimba at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

Prior to the encounter, the Flying Antelopes were without a win in their last three league games and had hoped to bounce back against the People’s Elephants.

Luckily, Bright Silas’ fifth-minute header was all the Enugu based side required to earn their first win in four games against Paul Aigbogun’s men.

And Ogunbote, who steered the Aba giants to the Caf Confederation Cup spot last season, admits joy after he led his side to victory over his former employers in an oriental derby.

“It was a derby and we saw the quality of the derby in it,” he told Goal.

“It was a difficult one for me and I expected it. You must realize that I was the former coach of Enyimba last season and they were coming to play against me for the first time.

“It was beyond playing against Rangers for them, so they wanted to do everything to make sure they win. Like I told the players before the game that they must raise their game and play for me and not Rangers this time around.

“I thank God it turned out well. It was just like any other game, though I love defeating my former team when I play them.”

“I try as much as I can, not celebrate it. It was a good one because it shows you were a factor when you were there,” he continued.

“It is not the first time because I’ve been in the kind of system for a long time. Derbies are always difficult and the fans are not always patience because they want their team to win.

“But of course, it was a good one for Enugu Rangers because we were able to manage that one goal, though in a derby game you don’t expect a huge number of goals the one we got, we were able to defend it and got the three points.”

Culled from Goal.Com by Ike Onwubuya


NPFL: Enugu Rangers make charity donations

The officials, coaches and players of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu have made donations of foodstuffs and toiletries to two motherless babies’ homes within the Enugu metropolis.

Rangers FC’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, in a statement on Sunday in Enugu listed the homes as Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home at Emene and Enugu Cheshire Home at Uwani.

He said the donations by the former Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions were made at about 6 p.m. on Saturday after the team’s evening training session.

“It is with great joy that we, as a team, make these little donations for the upkeep of the homes.

“We feel obliged to make this with the consent of the club’s General Manager, Davidson Owumi, who is unavoidably absent.

“We hope to make this (visit) more regular,’’ the club’s Technical Adviser, Olugbenga Ogunbote, was quoted as saying by Okolie.

The Rangers spokesman said Sister Martins-Agnes Ibewuike, matron of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home, spoke words of appreciation after receiving the gifts.

“We (the children and the Home in its entirety) pray the good Lord to continue to prosper you in your chosen endeavour.’’

Okolie also revealed that the matron of Enugu Cheshire Home, Beatrice Onaga, welcomed the team with joy and thanked the team for the gifts.

“Our prayer is for better performance from you people when you take on other opponents,’’ Okolie quoted Onaga as saying.

Culled from http://www.fcnaija.com/npfl-enugu-rangers-make-charity-donations- By Ike Onwubuya

Ogunbote: Hard work and self-belief is the tonic at Rangers

Enugu Rangers manager Gbenga Ogunbote has revealed the secret to his side’s three-game unbeaten run in the wake of Sunday’s Premier League win over El Kanemi Warriors.Substitute, Kelvin Itoya’s late sublime strike was the difference in the match Day 8 NPFL encounter as Rangers ran away with all three points at to continue the club’ dominance over visiting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in the past five seasons.

Speaking to the media after the encounter, Ogunbote who led Enyimba to a CAF Confederations Cup spot last term said: “It was a tough match and we thank God for the victory. It was a hard-earned victory.

“We expected it because when you play against your former team, you want to do everything to prove points but all the same, it was a very good game. I was too sure that I was going to win the game even when it was still barren going into the last ten minutes of the game.

“Hard work and self-belief have been the tonic been preached to the players going into more matches but I must stress that this is a team still in the making.” Ogunbote told FCNaija.com in Enugu

Up next for the 2016 NPFL Champions is an away to current title holders Plateau United on Sunday, February 18 at the Jos International Stadium.

Euro returnees Ogbuke, Anyora inspire Enugu Rangers to beat Katsina United

Enugu Rangers Europe returnee Felix Ogbuke has told Scorenigeria.com.ng he has refilled enough gas to fire from all cylinders after making his return debut in the NPFL Matchday 4 thriller against rampant Katsina United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu Wednesday.

“It is good to get back. I really feel good. It is like I just warmed up, so I now have the gas to flow”, Ogbuka said.

Ogbuke drew loud applause after rising from the bench to come into the fray as coach Gbenga Ogunbote withdraws Ifeanyi George after 65 minutes.

Rangers will travel to Nasarawa United for this weekend’s Matchday 5 clash with the former youth international hoping to enjoy more playing time.

“We will be away to Nasarawa United on Sunday, so I expect to be better and play more,” he said.

Former U23 Olympic Eagles winger Felix Ogbuke and Ugonna Anyora made their Enugu Rangers return debut as ‘The Flying Antelopes claimed a pyrrhic 1-0 win over impressive Katsina United in this NPFL thriller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Ogbuke starred for 25 minutes in the game after coming on for Ifeanyi George on 65 minutes, just as Anyora who came on for Chiamaka Madu enjoyed 36 minutes playing time.

The third Europe returnee, Okeke Chukwuebuka, was an unused sub.

But it was Anyora who made an instant impact as he brought life and spark back into Rangers, spraying precise passes like a fleeing porcupine.

Godwin Aguda emerged hero on the night when he headed into the top corner after Katsina United goalkeeper ex-junior international Dami Paul murderously failed to deal properly with Itoya Kevin’s cross, dropping the ball for advancing Aguda to net his first goal of the season for Rangers.

It was an open and keen contest with both sides sharing equal wasted scoring chances.

Ifeanyi George was the worst culprit, directing his effort over the crossbar on 32 minutes after he was played through on goal by Bright Silas.

Rangers should have taken the lead on the dot of half time, but captain Okey Odita could not bring his head low to nod into the net on the near post from Aguda delivery following a corner kick.

By Sab Osuji

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2018/01/25/euro-returnees-ogbuke-anyora-inspire-enugu-rangers-to-beat-katsina-united/

Enugu Rangers defeat Heartland in Oriental derby

Enugu Rangers were winners on the road in the Oriental derby in Owerri.

Heartland 0 – 1 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers got their first win of the season in fine style, securing a vital away victory at Heartland, in the second Oriental derby of the season.

Bright Silas scored the winner in the 10th-minute to secure a win for the Flying Antelopes, which takes them into 16th on the log.

The outcome could have been different for Heartland had Lucky Emariojake converted a first-half penalty, which hit the frame of the goal. That missed spot kick means the Owerri-based club still await their first goal of the season and are in 18th-place.

Culled from Kwese.espn.com by Ike Onwubuya

We must accept defeat to Akwa United, says Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote

Having watched his side bow to their hosts in Uyo, the gaffer says the Flying Antelopes must display good sportsmanship

Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote believes his side’s must ‘accept’ in good faith their 2-0 defeat against Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Ogunbote suffered defeat in his first competitive match charge of the Flying Antelopes no thanks to goals from Kelly Kester and Dennis Nya for the hosts on Sunday.

But the tactician is unmoved as he is confident his side will bounce back when they face Lobi Stars in their next encounter at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Wednesday.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/we-must-accept-defeat-to-akwa-united-says-enugu-rangers/1gogk47uj8mnp1nfpt5bbditdw

Rangers’ high morale excites Ogunbote

Technical Adviser of seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers International FC, Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote, has said he is highly impressed with the positive attitude exhibited by players of the club after resuming training in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, AOIFootball.com reports.

The former Enyimba of Aba coach, while addressing the players at the main bowl of Dipo Dina International Stadium, praised their show of dedication and determination to the training regimes whilst calling on them to maintain the level they have been able attain.

“I must say that you have really impressed me with your output since we started this camping exercise. The level you are now is good and I believe that before we end the camping exercise, we would be at our best,” stated the vastly experienced gaffer.

It would be recalled that twenty players and seven officials left the players camp of the club at Nkponkiti road, Enugu, Thursday, for a scheduled two weeks close camping program in Ijebu-Ode to strategise for the fast approaching 2017/2018 NPFL season.

The team of thirty three players, twelve officials are currently quartered at the cozy Pebbles Suites and train twice daily at the Dipo Dina Stadium.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/12/30/rangers-high-morale-excites-ogunbote/