Osas Okoro

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

CAF Confederation Cup: Zesco United hold Rangers in Enugu

Reigning Nigeria League champions, Enugu Rangers, blew away a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw in their CAF Confederation Cup 1st leg Round of 32 clash with Zambian club, Zesco United, on Sunday.

It was another disappointing display from the Flying Antelopes who have been struggling on the domestic scene and on the continent.

After failing the test in the CAF Champions League, Rangers were expected to do better in the second-tier club competition but that seems not to be the case at the moment.

The struggling NPFL champions couldn’t secure a win at home at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and must now do that away in Zambia or better still record a higher scoring draw.

In Sunday’s game, Captain Chibuzor Madu scored the first goal for Rangers from the penalty spot in the 24th minute

Osas Okoro then doubled the advantage early in the second half. But in a rather disappointing manner, Rangers allowed the visitors back into the game.

Zesco will fancy their chance of progressing to the next phase as they did well to score two goals which saw the game ending in a 2-2 draw.

Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/football/228400-caf-confederation-cup-zesco-united-hold-rangers-enugu.html

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.

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/02/23/npfl-rangers-put-life-back-into-title-defence/