Nigeria Premier League


The league body has handed the Bauchi Elephants appropriate disciplinary measures after they assaulted match officials and their visitors in Bauchi

The League Management Company has slammed a three-match closed doors ban and 2.250 million naira fine on Wikki Tourists for fans’ violence against Enugu Rangers.

Despite the arrest of three alleged culprits over the Week 33 incident in Bauchi, the LMC announced its sanctions after thorough investigations.

Wikki’s fine include compensation of the attacked match officials and bearing the cost of repairs for the damaged Flying Antelopes’ bus.

In a statement, the LMC said: “Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.

“The club was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.

It continued: “For the encroachment of the Supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.

“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the Supporters.

“The LMC noted however that Wikki Tourists management has fully cooperated with investigations leading to the apprehension and on-going prosecution by the Police, of some of the alleged culprits.”

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.”


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.


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.


Enugu Rangers 3 Kano Pillars 1

The reigning league champions have begun their road to recovery with a morale boosting win against Sai Masu Gida on Sunday

Enugu Rangers started their road to recovery from their abysmal start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Kano Pillars in a rearranged league tie played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

The Flying Antelopes showed their intention to cut Sai Masu Gida to shreds right from start and this paid off when they stormed into the lead in the second minute through Chibuzor Madu who converted from the penalty spot after Ifeanyi George was felled in the vital area and they doubled the advantage four minutes later through Chiamaka Madu who netted from close range.

Despite leading by two goals to nil, Rangers never lowered their guard and they scored the third in the 45th minute through George who marked his debut for the reigning champions with a goal but Pillars reduced the arrears also in the added on time of the first half through Adamu Mohammed who was a former player of the Enugu side.

There was no further goal in the second half as Rangers held on stoutly to their 3-1 lead which has now taken their point tally to 16 from 15 games with four more matches yet to be played before they end their first round campaign. They will face Wikki Tourists also in Enugu on Wednesday in another rescheduled league tie.


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.