Month: March 2017

Rangers held 1-1 in Enugu by new boys Remo Stars

By Fisayo Dairo

Rangers faltered once again in their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title defence after they were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow relegation battlers Remo Stars in Enugu on Wednesday.

The champions went ahead in fortuitous fashion just before the quarter hour mark when Daniel Etor’s tame effort went through the legs of Remo Stars goalkeeper David Walbe. The visitors got their leveller through Ekene Awazie whose spectacular effort on 51 minutes confounded The Cathedral and its worshippers.

With both teams playing miles away in Matchday 15 on Sunday, the exertions of their travels was evident for all to see in the opening exchanges as both teams, especially the hosts lacked the required urgency and tempo for a top flight game.

The hosts however went in front on 14 minutes when former Enyimba winger Daniel Etor’s miscued effort went through the hands and under the legs of former ABS goalkeeper David Walbe to give them a shock lead. Walbe himself was starting for Remo Stars because of such mistake by Chizoba Ndukwe but covered himself in no glory with such error.

With the Champions in cruise control, they almost doubled their advantage six minutes later when Chizoba Amaefule, starting his third league game in a row floated a precise cross for Ocheme Edoh. The former Giwa man’s header, however, missed the target by the whiskers.

Goalscorer Daniel Etor was substituted with about ten minutes to end the first half as Onoriode Odah made his return to the club since the 2014/15 season.

The visitor’s prepared Rangers for what to expect in the second half when they almost draw level on the dot of half time. Petite midfielder Salefu Ochowechi flicked David Onovo’s corner kick goalwards but Rangers goalie Nana Bonsu tipped it over before it landed just under the crossbar.

Six minutes after the restart, the visitors went level. Attacker Ekene Awazie controlled a hasty clearance at the edge of the box, dummied two Rangers defenders before firing high into the roof of the net from 16 yards.

The hosts failed to produce any sort of response and it was the visitors that looked likelier to get a winner but Bonsu twice produced point-blank saves to deny Ochowechi, including one, eight minutes from time.

Although Remo Stars dropped back to the red zone, they went home with a fully deserved point while Rangers continue to fumble and crumble under the weight of expectations.


Rangers: 25. Nana Bonsu 14. Chizoba Amaefule 4. Nnamdi Anyasodo 13. Christian Madu 12. Chibuzor Madu 22. Orji Kalu 20. Tope Olusesi 19. Godwin Aguda 9. Ocheme Edoh 16. Fortune Omoniwari 10. Daniel Etor

Subs: 21. Bassey Akpan 24. Okey Odita 8. Morris Chebem 7. Osas Okoro 28. Chiamaka Madu 27. Onoriode Odah 18. Abdulafeez Awakan

BOOKED: Daniel Etor, Osas Okoro

GOAL: Daniel Etor

Remo Stars: 23. David Walbe 34. Samuel Ganda 4. Obi Ekene 12. Osas Oknuoghae 5. Ewelike Edozie 8. Saheed Lasisi 26. Victor Chidume 10. Salefu Ochowechi 9. Ekene Awazie 25. Victor Mbaoma 17. David Onovo

Subs: 30. Chizoba Ndukwe 13. Onuoha Chukwujekwu 11. Awoyemi Abiodun 14. Jamiu Coker 18. Muhammed Sadil 31. Eric Dufegha 20. Martaba Umar


GOAL: Ekene Awazie



Enugu Rangers Technical Crew Receive 3 Match Ultimatum

In light of their disappointing start to the 2016/17 season, the handlers of the Flying Antelopes have been asked to post positive results in their next few outings or face exile

The management of Enugu Rangers have handed their technical crew headed by Imama Amapakabo a three-match ultimatum to turn the fortunes of the club around.

Rangers’ management had an emergency meeting on Friday in Enugu where the decision, in light of the Flying Antelopes’ abysmal performances in the league and on the continent, was taken.

And the technical crew have been mandated to win their next three matches starting with their Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 15 encounter at Katsina United on Sunday.

General manager, Christian Chukwu also urged the players to improve their output in the course of the three games.

“The management of the club has decided to review the activities of the technical crew and the players in the course of the next three matches. They must win the next three matches because we can’t continue to tolerate the recent poor results of the team in the league and in the CAF Champions League which we have now exited,” Chukwu disclosed to Goal.

“We have told the players to shape up and that all eyes are on them to redeem their image in the CAF Confederation Cup assignment. We have been given second chance and it won’t speak well of us if we fail to make an impression again.”

“We have been given a second chance and it won’t speak well of us if we fail to make an impression again.”

Rangers were defeated 5-3 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League by Egyptian outfit, Zamalek and, on Wednesday, were welcomed back to the topflight with a 1-0 loss at Shooting Stars.


Rangers loss to 3SC like a “drama” – Omoniwari

Enugu Rangers’ Fortune Omoniwari says that their loss to Shooting Stars on Wednesday felt like a ‘drama’.

The Flying Antelopes were coasting to an away draw before a chance to cart away with the maximum points presented itself in the 88th minute. But midfielder Godwin Aguda fluffed his lines from 12-yard out.

The Oluyole Warriors punished Imama Amakapabo’s men after Bode Daniel grabbed the match-winner just before the final whistle. And the striker has likened the event to one with a theatrical undertone.

“It was as if it was a drama because we thought we had won the game as soon as the late spot kick was given but we lost it before they managed to get a goal that secured them the maximum points,” Omoniwari told Goal.

“No matter how bitter we are due to this defeat, we must move on and concentrate on the next game we have at hand in Katsina.

“We are all distraught by the manner in which the defeat came but we must realize that there are other games ahead and if we are too weighed down by this loss it may affect other upcoming ones.”


Enugu Rangers Crash Out Of CAF Champions League

Nigeria’s remaining representative at the 2017 CAF Champions League, Rangers International of Enugu have crashed out of the competition.

The Nigeria Professional Football League champions defeated Egypt’s Zamalek 2-1 with goals from Tope Oluseni and Godwin Aguda at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

However, it was not enough to see Rangers through as they bowed out of the continent’s biggest club competition 5-3 on goals aggregate.

Both Rangers and Rivers United have slipped to the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.

LMC debits El Kanemi, Rangers to settle ailing Emeteole

Odiye, others rally support for coach
The League Management Company (LMC) yesterday revealed that it has deducted some amount of money from the sum accruing to Enugu Rangers and El Kanemi Warriors from sponsorship income to settle the debts the clubs owe bedridden Coach Kelechi Emeteole.

According to the LMC, the said amount represents salary claims by the coach on the two clubs, adding that it made the payment which will now be deducted from the clubs’ Annual Basic Award.

In a letter conveying the payment to Emeteole through his wife, Phoebe, LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko informed the family that the payment was made to their United Bank of Africa account and also notified them that the LMC was in contact with a group of former player colleagues of the coach based in the United States, led b y Godwin Odiye, who are also launching a fundraising campaign for Emeteole.

“I wish to formally notify you that following our previous discussion, … has now been paid into your bank account, the details of which were provided us by your wife, Mrs. Phoebe Emeteole”, the LMC wrote in the letter signed by Dikko.He explained that the LMC were unable to reach Heartland as the club was at the end of last season relegated from the NPFL.

The LMC actually made the payments and would deduct the said money from the two clubs when making the payout due to NPFL clubs from sponsorship incomes.

“Please note that this total sum consists of money being owed by El-Kanemi Warriors and Rangers International. We have been constrained in reaching Heartland FC for the similar purpose as the club is no longer in the NPFL”, Dikko explained.

Odiye, a teammate of Emeteole in the 1980 Nations Cup winning Green Eagles communicated the fundraising effort to the LMC through another former international and former Director General, National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, who also was in the 1980 victorious squad.


Zamalek Flattens Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers’ chances of reaching the money-spinning group stages of the CAF Champions League is hanging by a thread after they were beaten 4-1 by Zamalek of Egypt in Cairo on Sunday.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions were behind as early as the 8th minute, after former Heartland FC of Owerri striker, Stanley Ohawuchi, opened scoring.

Zamalek scored two quick goals in the 29th and 31st minutes through Hossam Salama and Ayman Hefni, to take the tie out of the Flying Antelopes’ reach.

The Egyptians made it 4-0, before Enugu Rangers’ Bobby Clement reduced the deficit seven minutes before full time, to give the Nigerian team slim hope.

Rangers will host the second leg between March 17 and 19.


Enugu Rangers continue poor start to NPFL season

Defending NPFL champions Enugu Rangers have continued their poor start to the 2016/117 Nigerian Professional Football League season.

The Flying Antelopes fell to a 1-0 defeat to last season’s Rivers United in their latest league match.

The result left the Enugu based side in 16th position with 12 points after playing 10 games.

They however have two games outstanding owing to their participation in the CAF Champions League.

Plateau United remained on top of the table despite being held to a 1-1 draw away at Shooting Stars while second placed El Kanemi Warriors could not capitalize after suffering a 1-0 defeat away at Akwa United.

Full NPFL results

  1. Kano Pillars 3-1 Enyimba FC
  2. Rivers United 1-0 Enugu Rangers
  3. Niger Tornadoes 2-0 Nasarawa United
  4. FC IfeanyiUbah 2-2 Abia Warriors
  5. MFM FC 1-0 Remo Stars
  6. Sunshine Stars 1-0 Wikki Tourists
  7. Shooting Stars 1-1 Plateau United
  8. Akwa United 1-0 El Kanemi Warriors
  9. Lobi Stars 1-0 Gombe United
  10. ABS FC 1-0 Katsina United