Nigeria Premier League

Enyimba hold Rangers to a 1-1 draw in Enugu

Enugu – Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and Enyimba International FC of Aba on Sunday drew 1-1 draw in a week 37 match of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The visiting Enyimba surprised the hosts with good resilience from the first to the last blast of the referee’s whistle in the match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

The visitors even put much more pressure on their hosts in the opening minutes, resulting in a penalty kick for them in the 23rd minute, which Ikechukwu Ibenegwu brilliantly converted. Rangers fought back in the second half, forcing the visitors to commit a defensive blunder in the 87th minute for a penalty kick which Chibuzo Madu converted for the equaliser. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rangers’ fans wildly celebrated the equaliser, after having lost all hopes of their team coming back into the match. Speaking later, Rangers’ Team Manager, Ameobi Ezeaku, thanked the fans for believing in the team even in a difficult match. Ezeaku, however, said the match was a difficult one for his team, praising his players for fighting relentlessly to get the draw. Enyimba’s coach Gbenga Ogunbote, on his part, said it was painful for him that a last-minute defensive blunder cost his team victory and the three maximum points. “It is unfortunate that we did not clinically conclude this match. However, our goal of picking a ticket to play on the continent in 2018 will be pursued to the last match,’’ Ogunbote assured.(NAN)
Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/npfl-rangers-enyimba-draw-1-1-tough-oriental-derby/

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CLEMENT THRILLED WITH ENUGU RANGERS’ NPFL SURVIVAL

Enugu Rangers’ striker, Bobby Clement his delighted that the Flying Antelopes have sealed their topflight status after their first away win against Remo Stars after a turbulent season.The Flying Antelopes’ players and officials were highly praised last season after they won the league title but the team went from good to worse barely a season thereafter as they exited the Caf Champions League and the Caf Confederation Cup which they were later demoted to at the early stages and their form in the league then too was very abysmal.

But Clement who made goal scoring return to the team after some time on the sideline said that their road win in Shagamu against the Sky Blue Stars has given Rangers’ players the motivational push to approach their remaining two games without the additional pressure of still being scrutinized over their status in the elite division at the end of the season.

LMC SANCTION WIKKI TOURISTS OVER REFEREES, ENUGU RANGERS ATTACK

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.”

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

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.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/04/23/34865622/enugu-rangers-3-kano-pillars-1-flying-antelopes-wallop-sai