Away point boosts Rangers confidence

The Flying Antelopes secured an impressive point on the road in their previous match, and the striker claims the result has done wonders for the squad’s mentality

Enugu Rangers forward, Ifeanyi George says the reigning Nigerian champions are very confident heading into their next Nigerian top flight encounter, following a 1-1 draw away to El Kanemi Warriors.

The Flying Antelopes have struggled in 2017 after they broke a 32-years jinx to lift the league trophy.

“I thank God for the point earned in our mid-week match against El-Kanemi Warriors and I know that result has helped boost the confidence of the team,” George told Goal.

“We were able to pick up a point where nobody believed it was possible to do so because El Kanemi Warriors have won all their home games since 2016.

“I can tell you that the result from that match has helped our belief more and the spirit of the team is so high. We know that we are going all out for more points to improve on our position in the league table.

“I think with the inclusion of me and some new players to beef up the team has helped the team a lot, but we know that we have to bring the team back to the top of the table, so we urge our fans to keep supporting us like they have been doing and we promise we shall always give our best to make them proud.”

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/06/10/36251502/george-away-point-boosted-enugu-rangers-confidence

Etor commends well behaved Enugu Rangers fans

The Flying Antelopes’ striker has praised their fans and supporters for not disrupting their home tie with the Desert Scorpions on Sunday.

Enugu RangersEtor’ Daniel has commended their fans for remaining very calm and orderly throughout their league tie with Gombe United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as they shunned the call for reprisal attacks on the Desert Scorpions for the incident in Pantami Stadium two weeks ago.

Etor stated that they appealed to their fans and supporters to comport themselves and show the hospitality of Enugu people to Gombe United in spite of what happened to them in Gombe and he was relieved that they listened to them and allowed the game to flow throughout its duration.

“It was not an easy task calming the fans down because they actually wanted to avenge what happened to some of us in Gombe but we were able to appeal to them to sheathe their swords knowing that a reprisal attack will have dire consequences on us in terms of fine and point deductions,” Etor told Goal.

“It was even more difficult to speak to the fans judging by the fact that Gombe United scored first in the 15th minute and were almost going into the halftime with the 1-0 lead before we managed to get the equalizer through Godwin (Aguda). We waited patiently and we were rewarded with the second goal in the dying moments of the match.”

The home win ensured that the Flying Antelopes moved to 14th on the league table with 26 points from 20 games ahead of their weekend tie with Abia Warriors in Umuahia.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/05/23/35760792/etor-commends-well-behaved-enugu-rangers-fans

Crowd violence mars Gombe, Rangers 6-goal thriller

Enugu Rangers scored a last-gasp goal to record a 3-3 away draw with Gombe United in a rescheduled week 19 game in the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL).

The thrilling game was dramatic both on and off the pitch.

It was marred by crowd violence and questionable officiating with the hosts’ fans resulting to stoning the referee, Benjamin Odey, while Rangers manager got injured.

Irate fans also attacked Gombe goalkeeper, Emmanuel Fabiyi, for conceding the last minute goal.

Obinna Nwobodo got Rangers ahead in the 12th minute and made it two in the 58th minute.

Oladapo scored Gombe’s first goal from a goalmouth scramble in the 63rd minute.

Two minutes after his opener for Gombe, he scored again – a contentious penalty kick.

Abdullahi scored in the 92nd minute and while the home side seemed to be coasting to victory, Osas Okoro scored in the 95th minute for Rangers to share the spoils.

The draw moved Rangers to 16th in the league table with 23 points, while Gombe, also on 23 points, moved up from 18th to 17th position.

Source: https://www.thecable.ng/npfl-crowd-violence-mars-gombe-rangers-6-goal-thriller

Rangers retain Enugu State Federation Cup

Source: http://theeagleonline.com.ng/rangers-retain-enugu-state-federation-cup/

Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United

Rangers FC of Enugu on Sunday beat Coal City Youths 1-0 to retain the Enugu State Federation Cup.
Kelvin Itoya scored Rangers’ lone goal in the 20th minute from a defensive error.
Coal City Youths came back more determined in the second half, but wasted several scoring chances in front Rangers goal post.
Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United.
Agbo said: “It is good that we retained the Enugu State Federation Cup we won last year because the trophy is always a motivator to players to keep doing well.”
He also hailed his players and expressed the hope that they would replicate their commitment in the NPFL in the second stanza.
His Coal City Youths counterpart, Godwin Onumonu, hailed his players saying that poor finishing in front of the goal robbed them the trophy.
Onumonu said: “You can see that we gave Rangers a run for our money but we needed maturity to outwit them but it was not found during the match.
“I wish Federation Cup is a two legged match so that we will have another opportunity but so be it.”
He said that his team would have battled Rangers to a standstill if not for the defensive errors that gave them the only goal of the match.

 

Rangers advance in State FA Cup finals

Enugu Rangers will trade tackles with Coal City Youths in the final of the Enugu State FA Cup on Sunday.

Rangers reached the final of the FA Cup at the expense of FC Stars Plus with a hard fought 3-1 defeat on April 27, while Coal City Youths beat FC Inter 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw on April 21.

Enugu State FA Secretary Francis Ugwu said the match between Rangers and Coal City Youths would start at 4 p.m, while the third place match between FC Star Plus and FC Inter would precede the final at 1.30 p.m. on the same day.

Rangers are the 2016 Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions, while Coal City Youths are the 2016 State League defending champions.

Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/05/02/rangers-mfm-fc-advance-in-state-fa-cup-finals/

Nigerian champions Rangers International announce signing goalie Seidu Mutawakilu

Nigerian champions Rangers International have confirmed signing goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu for the second half of the season. 

The former Ghana youth international gloves man has now joined compatriot Nana Bonsu, who is first choice, at the club.

Mutawakilu left Hearts of Oak at the end of last season and was reported to be in the camp of the Enugu-based.

The club’s official Twitter account on Sunday confirmed he is one of seven players signed in the second window.

Source: http://ghanasoccernet.com/nigerian-champions-rangers-international-announce-signing-goalie-seidu-mutawakilu

Rangers tame Wikki in thriller

Champions Enugu Rangers beat Wikki Tourists 3-2 in Enugu yesterday in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest to leave bottom place of the 20-team table.

The Flying Antelopes began the day ensconced at the foot of the table and needed a victory of any margin to begin their ascent on the log. They claimed the win in the end, by the skin of their teeth, courtesy of goals from Bobby Clement, Ifeanyi George and Ousmane Pape Sane. The visitors scored twice through Chukwudi Samuel and Shammah Tanze to set up a nervy finale but the hosts held on to claim an important win which saw them climb off the foot of the table to the relief of their numerous fans. As was the case against four-time champions, Kano Pillars on Sunday, Rangers took an early lead on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu through big striker, Clement who rose majestically before planting an emphatic header past the Wikki goalkeeper, Emeka Nwabulu. Five minutes before the break, George doubled the hosts’ lead with a well-taken penalty before Chukwudi halved the deficit, six minutes after the restart. Sane restored Rangers’ two-goal cushion with another headed goal, this time off an Ugwu Uwadiegwu corner in the 71st minute but the visitors from Bauchi refused to roll over. Tanze struck 11 minutes before the end but there was to be no further scoring in the rip-roaring contest that ebbed and flowed, thrilling the fans who turned out to no end. Rangers now sit in 19th place on the NPFL standings, level on points with 20th-placed Remo Stars who have amassed 19 points, same as the Enugu club who however enjoy a superior goal difference.

Source:  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/04/rangers-tame-wikki-thriller/