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Euro returnees Ogbuke, Anyora inspire Enugu Rangers to beat Katsina United

Enugu Rangers Europe returnee Felix Ogbuke has told Scorenigeria.com.ng he has refilled enough gas to fire from all cylinders after making his return debut in the NPFL Matchday 4 thriller against rampant Katsina United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu Wednesday.

“It is good to get back. I really feel good. It is like I just warmed up, so I now have the gas to flow”, Ogbuka said.

Ogbuke drew loud applause after rising from the bench to come into the fray as coach Gbenga Ogunbote withdraws Ifeanyi George after 65 minutes.

Rangers will travel to Nasarawa United for this weekend’s Matchday 5 clash with the former youth international hoping to enjoy more playing time.

“We will be away to Nasarawa United on Sunday, so I expect to be better and play more,” he said.

Former U23 Olympic Eagles winger Felix Ogbuke and Ugonna Anyora made their Enugu Rangers return debut as ‘The Flying Antelopes claimed a pyrrhic 1-0 win over impressive Katsina United in this NPFL thriller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Ogbuke starred for 25 minutes in the game after coming on for Ifeanyi George on 65 minutes, just as Anyora who came on for Chiamaka Madu enjoyed 36 minutes playing time.

The third Europe returnee, Okeke Chukwuebuka, was an unused sub.

But it was Anyora who made an instant impact as he brought life and spark back into Rangers, spraying precise passes like a fleeing porcupine.

Godwin Aguda emerged hero on the night when he headed into the top corner after Katsina United goalkeeper ex-junior international Dami Paul murderously failed to deal properly with Itoya Kevin’s cross, dropping the ball for advancing Aguda to net his first goal of the season for Rangers.

It was an open and keen contest with both sides sharing equal wasted scoring chances.

Ifeanyi George was the worst culprit, directing his effort over the crossbar on 32 minutes after he was played through on goal by Bright Silas.

Rangers should have taken the lead on the dot of half time, but captain Okey Odita could not bring his head low to nod into the net on the near post from Aguda delivery following a corner kick.

By Sab Osuji

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Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2018/01/25/euro-returnees-ogbuke-anyora-inspire-enugu-rangers-to-beat-katsina-united/


Enugu Rangers defeat Heartland in Oriental derby

Enugu Rangers were winners on the road in the Oriental derby in Owerri.

Heartland 0 – 1 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers got their first win of the season in fine style, securing a vital away victory at Heartland, in the second Oriental derby of the season.

Bright Silas scored the winner in the 10th-minute to secure a win for the Flying Antelopes, which takes them into 16th on the log.

The outcome could have been different for Heartland had Lucky Emariojake converted a first-half penalty, which hit the frame of the goal. That missed spot kick means the Owerri-based club still await their first goal of the season and are in 18th-place.

Culled from Kwese.espn.com by Ike Onwubuya

We must accept defeat to Akwa United, says Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote

Having watched his side bow to their hosts in Uyo, the gaffer says the Flying Antelopes must display good sportsmanship

Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote believes his side’s must ‘accept’ in good faith their 2-0 defeat against Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Ogunbote suffered defeat in his first competitive match charge of the Flying Antelopes no thanks to goals from Kelly Kester and Dennis Nya for the hosts on Sunday.

But the tactician is unmoved as he is confident his side will bounce back when they face Lobi Stars in their next encounter at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Wednesday.

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Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/we-must-accept-defeat-to-akwa-united-says-enugu-rangers/1gogk47uj8mnp1nfpt5bbditdw

Rangers’ high morale excites Ogunbote

Technical Adviser of seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers International FC, Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote, has said he is highly impressed with the positive attitude exhibited by players of the club after resuming training in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, AOIFootball.com reports.

The former Enyimba of Aba coach, while addressing the players at the main bowl of Dipo Dina International Stadium, praised their show of dedication and determination to the training regimes whilst calling on them to maintain the level they have been able attain.

“I must say that you have really impressed me with your output since we started this camping exercise. The level you are now is good and I believe that before we end the camping exercise, we would be at our best,” stated the vastly experienced gaffer.

It would be recalled that twenty players and seven officials left the players camp of the club at Nkponkiti road, Enugu, Thursday, for a scheduled two weeks close camping program in Ijebu-Ode to strategise for the fast approaching 2017/2018 NPFL season.

The team of thirty three players, twelve officials are currently quartered at the cozy Pebbles Suites and train twice daily at the Dipo Dina Stadium.

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Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/12/30/rangers-high-morale-excites-ogunbote/

Rangers International beat Ngwa FC 3-1 in friendly Read more at:

Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/rangers-international-beat-ngwa-fc-3-1-friendly/

Enugu – Rangers International Football Club on Friday defeated Ngwa FC of Aba 3-1 in a pre-season friendly match in Enugu. Rangers Zaki Godwin scored a brace in the first 45 minutes to ensure the Flying Antelopes took a two-goal lead into the break.

The second half saw both sides introducing new players to refreshen their game to end 3-1. Brendan Ogbu scored the third goal for the Antelopes in the 60th minute, before Johnson Okoro reduced the tally for the visiting team in the 75th minute. Speaking after the match, the Enugu-based Rangers’ new Technical Adviser, Gbenga Ogunbote, however said the match was not a yardstick to determine his players’ abilities. “With time, we will get the team we need and build them into a formidable team before the league resumes,’’ he said.

The technical adviser assured that he was working with the club’s other staff to trim the size of the playing staff to a manageable level. “I am not a coach that likes to waste players’ time, because time is everything. “Not all the players will make my team and, for this, we have to be fast and cautious while selecting players for the final phase of screening. “I want those that failed to make my team to get an opportunity elsewhere,’’ Ogunbote said. (NAN)

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/

Rangers Midfielder Aguda: Late Emeteole Influenced My Career

Source: https://www.completesportsnigeria.com/rangers-midfielder-aguda-late-emeteole-influenced-career-gods-light/

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

More tributes are still pouring in for the late coach Kelechi Emeteole who gave up the fight against throat cancer on Wednesday. This time, his former player, Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda, whose career at the Flying Antelopes was made possible by  ‘Caterpillar’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Aguda has expressed sadness on the death of the one-time Heartland, El Kanemi and Enyimba coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“I couldn’t hold back the tears when I heard about his death. He influenced me a lot on and off the field and it is not easy to forget that kind of man.

“Emeteole signed me two years ago, in April 2015 and I was close to him. We will miss him,” Aguda added in an emotion-laden voice.

On Wednesday, the midfielder wrote a heart-felt tribute to Emeteole on his Facebook.

“The man dat God also used to give light in my career. I will 4ever remember you Kelechi Emetole A.K.A Nigeria Caterpillar.

“May ur soul rest in peace IJN Amen ????????.”