Rangers Storm Gombe for a Winning Return

December 14 12:14 2019

Coach Salisu Yusuf of Rangers would rather wish his wards’ activities on the pitch to do the talking for him ahead of the NPFL 2019/2020 match day 8 re-arranged fixtures against high flying Wikki Tourists inside Pantami stadium, Gombe, Saturday, December 14, 2019.

The Super Eagles chief coach who was drafted to the ‘Flying Antelopes’ in the wake of downward slide for the Enugu side is very optimistic of the team bouncing back to winning ways with the tie in Gombe.

“I am not the one that talks much on the pages of the media but I hope that what the players will put up on the pitch will do the talking for me. All I know is that we are set to bounce back to the winning ways with this weekend’ fixture,” stated the widely and vastly experienced gaffer.

Matches between both sides either in Enugu or Bauchi have always been very tough but the ‘Flying Antelopes’ have an edge over their host this weekend.

Last season in Enugu, it was a 2-1 win for Rangers with goals coming off the boots of Michael Uchebo and Godwin Aguda on 60 and 77 minutes with Abba Umar reducing the tally on 88 minutes while in the return fixture in Gombe, Wikki Tourists’ adopted home, it was a Manu Garba’ second half strike the earned all three points for them in a 1-0 score line.

This season, the host under new gaffer, Ibrahim Garba has been on a blistering form with four victories, one drawn game and two losses to occupy the 3rdposition on the log while Rangers have not been too lucky with returns from the five games already prosecuted, winning one, drew one and lost three to place 19th on the log going into the weekend’ debacle.

With the return of half of almost a dozen injured starters in the match day squad for the ‘Flying Antelopes’, coach Yusuf would be spoiled for choices as he hopes to have a perfect blend of youthful and experienced legs to prosecute the match day 8 encounter in what can be safely termed a ‘Neutral Ground’.

Before the team left Enugu for Gombe, general manager of the coal city outfit, Prince Davidson Owumi had challenged the players to come up with their ‘A’ game stressing that the quality of players in the team cannot be overemphasized.

Smarting from a 2-0 M.D 7 lose to F.C Ifeanyiubah, the ‘Savannah Elephants’ would be looking to get back to winning ways as they count on Promise Ambrose to lead the cover from the back while Jumbo Wisdom, Idris Guda, Sixtus Forsah, Kamal Sikiru and Promise Damala will try to do more damage but would meet an injured, determined and target driven Rangers players who have their backs against the wall after five straight losses both in domestic and continental encounters.

Dauda Madaki, Ibrahim Olawoyin and Eziekwe Chinonso are all fired up to help Rangers turn the curve for the better and get the fans back to the stands with their massive support as well as present a perfect wedding gift to Rangers team manager, Barr. Amobi Ezeaku.

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