Bobby Clement


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.


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.


Rangers are not machine – Bobby Clement

Rangers International of Enugu striker, Bobby  Clement believes his side played with fatigue during Friday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) FC at the Agege Township Stadium.

Clement scored a consolation goal for the Flying Antelopes in a 2-1 loss to MFM after Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey had scored two goals for the home team in each half.

MFM’s game on Friday was Rangers’ third matches in five days and the lanky forward believes congested fixtures was responsible for the outcome of the game.

He stressed that he and his teammates will continue to push hard to make an impact in the league this season.

“I think we tried our best and fatigue takes its toll on us today and we couldn’t help it. Playing three games in five days, it was not easy at all. We can’t cheat nature and that is what happened here today. We will keep working hard to see that we achieve something great for the club at end of the season,” Clement told SportingLife.


NPFL: Rangers Put Life Back into Title Defence

Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers left it very late yesterday to see off Lobi Stars 2-1 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

The Nigerian champions had Bobby Clement to thank for the winner on the stroke of full time.

After their weekend activity in the CAF Champions League in which they scraped past Algerian side JS Saoura to reach the next round, the Flying Antelopes were less than convincing once again.

There were no starting places for Godwin Aguda and Fortune Omoniwari in the Rangers line-up while Lobi coach Evans Ogenyi listed forwards Kingsley Eduwo and Anthony Okpotu.

Daniel Etor made amends for an earlier miss when he benefited from a defensive error to score for Rangers 21 minutes into the contest.

Fifteen minutes later Etor turned from hero to villain when he upended Okpotu in his box, leaving referee Olayombo Oluwabonmi with the simplest task of awarding a spot kick.
Eduwo’s kick from 11 metres was saved by Rangers goalkeeper Nana Bonsu but the Lobi striker volleyed in the rebound before defenders of the champions could make any attempt to clear the ball.

That was the much the first half produced at a ground Rangers faithful now call The Cathedral.
The restart had Rangers pouring forward in search of a goal just to ease their worry of remaining in the bottom-four. The Flying Antelopes just could not conjure anything.

Ten minutes to time, Lobi’s Chinedu James got his marching orders for a second booking, thereby handing Rangers the numerical advantage.

Right at the death, Clement popped up with the winner with a fine headed goal off an Osas Okoro assist.
Rangers have taken their points to nine after seven matches and that lifts them from bottom spot to 16th position.

Former champions Kano Pillars ended their poor away form by scoring their first goal on the road in 467 minutes in the NPFL. Amos Gyang earned Pillars a 1-1 draw at Rivers United after Godbless Asamoah had given the Port Harcourt club the lead in the first half.

Pillars finished the last five minutes of the game with 10 men after Chris Madaki was sent off for a second yellow card.
Wikki Tourists needed an Nnaemeka Anyanwu screamer on 70 minutes to put away 3SC and earn the full points with a 1-0 win.

A stoppage time goal in the first half by Destiny Ashadi made sure Katsina United edged Federation Cup champions FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina. The win lifts Katsina United to sixth place with 13 points, seven behind table-toppers Plateau United.


Enugu Rangers Secures First League Win this Season


League Champions, Enugu Rangers clocked in their first win of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over El Kanemi Warriors at the Cathedral.

Bobby Clement’s 68th minute strike was the decider on another frustrating day for the last season’s sweethearts.

Rangers had lost the first game of the season at home; a derby against Abia Warriors and picked their first point a week later in Lafia against Nasarawa United.
Asides the leaky defence Imama Amapakabo’s prime concern has been goal scoring, particularly as the Flying Antelopes prepare for their return to the continent.
The seven-time NPFL champions travel away to JS Saoura next month, but before the Algerian tie comes, Imama knows he must address all the weak spots in his team, and perhaps the return of Chisom Egbuchulam will sharpen their attack.

Matchday 3 Results :

ABS 1-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

Rangers 1-0 El Kanemi

Enyimba 2-0 Gombe

Kano 2-1 Shooting

Katsina Utd 1-0 Nasarawa

MFM FC 4-0 Lobi

Plateau 3-1 Sunshine Stars

Remo Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors

Rivers Utd 1-0 Niger Tornadoes

Wikki 1-0 Akwa