Wikki Tourists

‘We must want what we get’ – Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote satisfied with Wikki Tourist draw

Gbenga Ogunbote said he is satisfied with a point secured by his Enugu Rangers side after a 1-1 draw against Wikki Tourist in Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi on Sunday.

Having trashed the Giant Elephants 3-0 a week ago, the Flying Antelopes extended their unbeaten run to four matches and were desperate to maintain their form against Bala Nikyu’s side.

However, the visitors’ quest of securing a positive result was almost dashed when the hosts gained the lead courtesy Usman Manu after 15 minutes of the game to the joy of the home fans.

Meanwhile, Tope Olusesi leveled matters in the 35th minute after goalkeeper Pius Ibrahim failed to deal with Isaac Loute’s cross to hand Ogunbote’s side their fifth draw away this season.

And the former Enyimba tactician, who harboured dreams of winning, felt both sides shared the spoils because Wikki were desperate to another defeat at their hands.

“When we cannot get what you need, we must want what we get against Wikki Tourist,” Ogunbote told media.

“Getting a point on the road in the second round was a not outing though we came with hopes of winning we must accept the result. I think that they were under pressure from any team and I believe they played better at our home than they did here.

“I understand the pressure of playing at home and any team could be in this circumstance. They just played dirty to make they don’t lose in the worst situation but they are not a bad side.

“They have young and talented players, and of course a very good coach too. But playing a team that just defeated them 3-0 just a week ago will definitely put them on pressure.”

After the stalemate,  Enugu Rangers are now sixth with 29 points from 20 matches this season.



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.”

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.

Source:  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/04/rangers-tame-wikki-thriller/