Akwa United coach, Kennedy Boboye

Salisu Yusuf set out a difficult Rangers side as they played out a goalless draw against Akwa United in Uyo on Sunday.

Yusuf selected five natural defenders with three center-backs and two wingbacks, to form a formidable force in defence, frustrating Akwa United’s attackers.

New signing, Franklin Anthony was installed in the heart of the five-man defence to checkmate and tidy the pieces.

Yusuf’s opposite number Kennedy Boboye unaware of this setup came up with his familiar formation of 4-4-1-1, playing 32-year old Akarandot Orok as a lone striker which yielded in favour of the Gburugburu boys of Enugu.

Boboye made two changes to the side that drew goalless away at FC Ifeanyi Ubah, bringing in Etboy Akpan who recovered from illness to replace Etim Matthew,  as Akarandot Orok came in for new signing Salisu Saidu who was relegated to the bench.

Israel Abia was arrested throughout the entire duration of the game by the perfect central defensive partnership of Dennis Nya and Olisah Nda, giving the striker who is on seven goals this season no chance of testing goalkeeper Jean Efala.

The game produced a few goalscoring opportunities as Rangers refused to take the game to the home side, allowing Akwa United to enjoy a lot of possession.

Midfielder Maurice Chukwu got the fans on their feet when he took a 40-yard strike that went wide anyway.

Rangers goalkeeper Japhet Opubo was called into action on few occasions especially in the second half when he tipped over Ndifreke Effiong’s header to maintain the scoreline.

The Rangers number one was again called into action by substitute Dare Ojo’s 40-yard strike, forcing the keeper to make a double save.

Akwa United tried many long balls but benefited the visiting team as they always cleared their lines expertly.

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