|Ifeanyi Egwim of Rangers getting close attention from Chinedu Nwanze of Kwara United|
Rangers International F.C attacking sensation, Ifeanyi Egwim, who fractured his leg on the final matchday of 2016 NPFL season is a very happy man to be playing competitive football again.
Egwim came on as a substitute in Ilorin on Wednesday as Rangers beat Kwara United 2-1 in a rescheduled league match and he was full of thanks to the management of the club and governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who stood by him in the period the injury lasted.
“Sincerely, I am a very happy person today as I started playing competitive football again for my club Rangers and capping the appearance with our first away win of the season. I really thank God who made it all possible just as I won’t fail to express my thanks to the governor of Enugu state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his show of love and care since I broke my leg,” Egwim said after the game.
“I can’t forget to thank Nigeria football followers for their prayers and show of love during my trying period. It can only get better as I hope to contribute my quota towards achieving the target of the team this season.”
The former Dolphins FC attacking sensation broke his leg in the final match of the 2016 NPFL season against El-Kanemi Warriors in a 4-0 rout at ‘The Cathedral’, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
That win ensured Rangers won the League title for the first time in thirty-two years.
Kwara disunited in Ilorin
Meanwhile, it was another commanding display by players of Rangers International as they defended stoutly in the second half to run away with a 2-1 victory over Kwara United.
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 scoreline going into the break.
The hosts started the second stanza with much vigour and tenacity up front but the Rangers back line ably marshalled 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 defence-splitting pass from substitute, Tijani Adamu to score and gave hope for a likely upturning of the result which never came.
Coach of Rangers, 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 because as we aim for a top three finish, we also want to 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.”
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.