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Rangers loses yet again at Okigwe

Rangers 1 – 2 Heartland

MATCHDAY 12 OF NPL

Enugu Rangers International FC Enugu last night lost yet again in the ongoing premier football league.

Although at the Okigwe Township Stadium the team scored the first goal against hosts, Heartland FC of Owerri, Rangers nevertheless failed to defend it to the end.

The goal was scored by Traore Issif when a corner kick pulled by Emmanuel Nwokeji landed on his head towards the goalpost but deflected by Ikechukwu Ezenwa and he kicked the ball inside the net in 47th minutes.

Heartland replied in 54 minutes and 85 minutes, courtesy of Abiodun Thomas and Sadiq Abubakar respectively.

Rangers had more than eight clear chances to score but could not utilize any because of the defence line marshaled by goalkeeper and Man of the Match, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, who was on duty for Heartland for 90 minutes. Ezenwa kept like the National Team Goalkeeper that he is.

Rangers has played nine matches and has three more outstanding matches to play.

Next Rangers campaign is a CAF Confederation Cup Group Stage match on 12 January.

The Nigerian representative will be hoping for its first win in the Group Stage as she hosts Nouadhibou of Mauritania at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu by 5pm because of the draw that it was able to pull off in their first meeting.

The Coal City boys have so far played three matches, lost two and drew one.

OTHER NPFL MATCH RESULTS

Matchday 12:

Jigawa GS 0-1 Akwa Utd
Akarandut Orok 45+1’

Wikki 1-1 Katsina Utd
Manu Garba 13’ – Joseph Atule 86’

Heartland 2-1 Rangers
Abiodun Thompson 54’, Sadiq Abubakar 85’ – Traore Issif 47’

Dakkada 4-1 Adamawa Utd
Moses Effiong 1’, 17’, 67’ Femi Ajayi 56’ – Eka Unegbe 11’

Nasarawa Utd 3-2 FC Ifeanyiubah
Abubakar Lawal 12’ (PEN), 59’ (PEN) Esosa Igbinoba 46’ – Jimoh Badamosi 51’ (PEN), 61’ (PEN)

Plateau Utd 4-0 Enyimba
Uche Onwuasoanya 38’, Ibrahim Mustapha 59’, Abba Umar 72’, 74’

Kwara Utd 2-0 Abia Warriors
Alamayo Abdulrazaq 75’, Stephen Adah 89’

Rivers Utd 2-0 MFM
Ossy Martins 28’, Nelson Esor 48’

Lobi 2-0 Sunshine Stars
Ebube Duru 81’, Abdulkarim Mumuni 90+2’

Kano Pillars 1-1 Wolves
Auwali Ali 5’ – Charles Atsimene 90’

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