NPFL 2021 : Rangers End Heartland Unbeaten Runs

March 01 05:47 2021

Emmanuel Chukwuma Moses

Rangers International Head Coach Salisu Yusuf has described the Matchday 13 Oriental Derby encounter with Heartland FC of Owerri as a very though one which his team took two of the many chances created.

Quoting his words, the former Super Eagles Chief Coach said , “It was a very tough match but we took two of the many chances we created to earn us the win. We could have scored more than what we ended up scoring but we thank God for the two goals and the three points. The win is very important for our ambition this season and we hope to keep working on the lapses noticed.”

Rangers International F.C were truly at home and very determined to end the five match unbeaten runs of the Naze Millionaires took the game to their visitors from the blast of the whistle.

Nigerian born, Benin international, Isaac Loute was the hero of the day as his well struck effort from nearly forty yards sailed past a stranded Emeka Nwabulu who stood between the sticks for the visitors on eight minutes of play.

Strike partners for the Enugu side, Israel Abia and Christian Nnaji had opportunities to increase the tally on 13, 20 and 23 minutes but inexplicably missed when it was much easier to have found the back of the opponent’ net.

On 28 minutes, Nwabulu had to make himself large enough to cut out a goal bound shot from Israel Abia before the reigning top goals scorer was substituted, injured at the half hour mark while it was the turn of Rangers’ Ghanaian shot stopper, Nana Bonsu to produce a reactionary save to beat out a Kingsley Maduforo’ close range effort on 42 minutes.

Godspower Aniefiok Tower nodded home the second goal of the day for the host on the stroke of half time as he rose well to connect an Isaac Loute’ well taken corner kick.

Rangers’ gaffer, Coach Salisu Yusuf made only two changes to the team that he fielded against Wikki Tourist in Bauchi as he rested goalkeeper, Femi Thomas just as Ernest Governor took over from Ebuka Anthony in the heart of the defense.

In the second stanza, the host continued to probe for more openings at the back of the visitors with Chidiebere Nwobodo and Godspower Aniefiok Tower leading the onslaught but it was not to be even when the visitors were reduced through the sending off of Orji Kalu Okagbue on 55 minutes for his second booking of the game.

On 75 and 77 minutes, substitute, Chinonso Eziekwe missed a seater and two minutes later, an inch perfect cross from Godspower was missed by Eziekwe and Nnaji with Nwabulu well beaten.

With the win, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ have moved up the the twenty team log to the third position with twenty-three points from thirteen matches and will next engage Kano Pillars in Kaduna in a match day 14 fixture.

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