NPFL 19: Rangers go top after 5 star performance in Kwara (2)

 
It was another commanding display by players of Rangers International F.C, the reigning Aiteo cup champions as they defended stoutly in the second half to run away with a 2-1 victory over Kwara United in a re-scheduled match day 6 NPFL fixture.
 
Ifeanyi George and Godwin Aguda were the heroes of the day for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ as their efforts on 23 and 27 minutes set the tone for a glorious first victory on the road for the 2016 champions.
 
Pascal Seka and Aguda came close to increasing the lead on two other occasions but goalkeeper, Oremade Olawale was alive to his duties to keep a respectable score line going into the break.
 
The host started the second stanza with much vigor and tenacity upfront but Rangers backline ably marshaled by ‘Home Boy’, Isiaka Oladuntoye, stood their ground to ward off early raids.
 
On 66 minutes, Ebenezer Odeyemi, reduced the deficit as he pounced on a defense splitting pass from substitute, Tijani Adamu to score and gave hope for a likely upturning of the result which never came.
 
Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote said after the encounter, “We give God all the glory for this first victory on the road. I equally commend my players for their doggedness and determination shown during the match while also thanking the government of Enugu state as well as management and supporters of the club for their belief in what we are doing. It was not an easy match as our opponent came all out in the second half but we showed maturity to contain them.”
 
He further said, “Our target at the start of the season is on cause as we aim for a top three finish and finish well at the end of the season top six play-off.”
 
Captain of the day, Isiaka Oladuntoye, said, “I am very happy to have led my team, Rangers to this sweet victory against my state team that I had served for six years before departing. We had to defend with the last energy in our system in the second half after the home side put us through a lot of pressure.”
 
There was a few minutes appearance for Ifeanyi Egwim, the attacking sensation of Rangers who fractured his leg in the last match of the trophy winning year, 2016 and he was full of praise for the government, management and coaches of Rangers as he said, “This was a very emotional moment for me. To be back on the pitch playing competitive football after over two years on the treatment table, is very emotional and I thank everybody that made it happen and above all I thank God for His grace in today’s match where we earned our first victory on away soil.”
 
With the win, Rangers have climbed to the summit of group A log of the abridged NPFL 2018/2019 season with 24 points from eleven matches.
 
Source: Rangers International Media Team
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