Rangers Win Pre-Season Tourney, Beat Rivers United

December 16 21:08 2020

Multiple Nigeria league champions, Rangers International F.C, Wednesday, December 16, 2020, emerge winners of the 2nd edition of Ifeanyi Ekwueme Tico/Select Pre-season Tourney after dispatching hard fighting, CAF Confederation cup 2020/2021 campaigners, Rivers United, 2-0 in the final match.

The ultimate match of the tourney, which took place inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu, suffered almost an hour delay due to organizational challenges but kicked off on a high with both sides trying to affirm its superiority on the pitch.

It was the host that settled quickly into their game with the trio of Agu Kenechukwu, Ugochukwu Ugwuoke and Chiamaka Madu pulling the strings for the coach Salisu Yusuf tutored side and could have registered the opening goal as early as the 7th  minute when Tope Olusesi’ incisive cross over the face of the goal was missed by team mates with Afelokhai in no-mans-land.

It was the turn of new acquisition, Christian Nnaji, on 13 minutes to watch his well struck shot nestled in the safe hands of Theophilus Afelokhai in a half that saw the ‘Flying Antelopes’ showing dominance but yet to find the back of the net.

With the hot sun taking its toll on the players, a water break was sanctioned by the referee and few minutes after the game re-started, the Enugu landlords, carved open the backline of the ‘Pride of Rivers’ after some neat interchange of passes saw a pass from Ugwuoke Ugochukwu locate Dauda Madaki whose inch-perfect cross found an unmarked Chinonso Eziekwe inside the box to nod past a stranded Afelokhai for the game’ opening goal on the half hour mark.

Five minutes into the second stanza saw Eziekwe upended inside the box by Ifeanyi Anaemena after the enterprising attacker outran the defender and was poised to release a pass.

Dauda Madaki won the battle of nerves against Afelokhai as he expertly converted from twelve yards on 52 minutes to extend his side’ lead.

Efforts by both teams to score more goals failed to yield any dividend as near-misses, splendid goalkeeping and stout defending combined to rob the encounter of more goals.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a giant trophy to the Enugu side, medals to the champions and runner-up as well as certificates and match balls to other participating clubs while Rangers’ Agu Kenechukwu went home with the MVP award just as Ugwuoke Ugochukwu went home with the top scorer award.

In the classification match, Apex Krane of Agbor, Delta state defeated Godosky F.C of Nnewi, Anambra state 5-4 on penalties after both sides settled for a goalless draw at full time.

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