Rangers players celebrate the goal against Sunshine Stars

It was pure  magic from Rangers International’s skillful Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, whose dribbling skills saw him ghost past four opponents to lay a perfect pass for an Nnamdi Egbujuo simple tap-in

That goal in the 54th minute helped the Rangers overcome hard fighting Sunshine Stars F.C in their re-scheduled Match Day 1 encounter in Eugu.

The game which was seen by an appreciative crowd inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium saw the coach Benedict Ugwu tutored side defending most part of the first stanza as the visitors pulled all the tricks in their Arsenal but could not break down the resolute back line anchored by Isiaka Oladuntoye and Uche John.

Rangers’ defenders employed all their defensive qualities to provide answers to questions that were asked by the quartet of Anthony Omaka, Faud Ekelejuoti, Abia Isreal and Sodiq Rilwani just as Godspower Aniefiok, Anthony Shimaga and Ugochukwu Ugwuoke did well to steady the middle of the pack for the home side.

If the first half was said to belong to the visitors, then Rangers’ players turned up the heat in the second as the half time pep talk did the magic because they began to attack in droves with Jamiu Alimi, Jide Fatokin and Sunday Abe providing cover for the Akure landlords’ shot stopper, Salihu Suleiman.

But, nine minutes after the re-start, the visitors were left suckling as the magical feet of Ugwuoke left four players of Sunshine for dead as he waltz through them like hot knife on butter to set up Egbujuo who wasted no time to walk the ball into a yawning net as fans at the stadium went into wild celebrations.

Substitutes, Chinonso Eziekwe and Ibrahim Olawoyin also made their presence felt with their dashing runs and trickery but this could not help in increasing the goals tally although they had two penalty shouts waved off by the eagle-eyed Bashir Salisu, the referee of the match.

Benedict Ugwu expressed joy over the outcome of match and said that the two teams played well.

“Thank God we won and the most important thing is the three points and not the score line. Though, we planned for the more goals but it could not come so we will keep working on our scoring abilities,” he said.

Ugwu said that he fielded new players in order to give them a taste of the action in the top flight stressing, “You know we started the league late so that is why am fielding the new players now to know those who can play on the continent. With time we will get the new players glue together and the goals will start coming.”

Sunshine Stars’ gaffer, Kabiru Dogo said he was satisfied with his players display.

“You know we are working with only 17 players and we are trying to rotate so that the player will not breakdown before time. It was a good match with good officiating and the better team won so we are going home to work more on our game. I congratulate Rangers for the win. We had our chances but failed to take them while they had theirs and took it.”


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