‘Rangers’ title defence intact’

Source: http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/170116/Rangers_title_defence_intact

Enugu Rangers central attacker, Edoh Ocheme has said his side’s title defence is on track despite their top-flight opening loss to oriental neighbours, Abia Warriors.

The title-holders were shocked 2-1 by Warriors in Sunday’s top-flight matchday 1 clash at Enugu.

Ocheme said his side have resolved to perfect their goal-scoring act to further stamp out unfavourable and shocking results in the ongoing top-flight.

“Our title defence is quite intact, despite the defeat to Abia Warriors on home ground.

“I’m not sure anything has gone wrong, rather the defeat will serve as a wake-up call for us to sit up in subsequent matches.

“Last season we lost our first league match at Kano Pillars and still went ahead to be crowned the league champions.

“Right now we have similarly lost our first match on home soil to Abia Warriors. I see history repeating itself again.

“However, I think we have work to be done on our goal scoring ability to be sure we get it right in other matches.

“Aside the disputable officiating in the clash against Abia Warriors we lost several chances at goal which if we had converted the chances the outcome would have been different.

“Although, I found out that virtually all the players were somehow anxious to score after the first goal.

“Right now we have taken the defeat off our minds to concentrate on other matches and Caf Champions League.

“Once we are able to get it right scoring goal as we created chances every other thing will fit in perfectly well.

“The lesson for the loss to Abia Warriors is there on our faces to go ahead scoring goals till the last whistle sounded.

“Again we will pray to get same officiating we usually get at home whenever we play outside our shore,” said the former Crown and Giwa FC marksman to supersport.com.

The Coal City side will be the guests of Nasarawa United in their midweek NPFL matchday 2 clash at the Lafia Township Stadium.

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