A rejuvenated Rangers team dim twice the light that Mountain of Fire MFM FC brought to Nnewi, reports Sobenna Nwagbo
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Enugu Rangers International FC on Sunday 16 January 2022 defeated MFM Football Club of Lagos (aka Olukoya Boys) at Nnewi, Anambra State.
The encounter is the Matchday-6 encounter of Nigeria Professional Football League, 2021/2022 season played at FC Ifeanyi Uba Stadium, Nnewi.
First goal for Rangers was scored by the Captain, Tope Olusesi. He was set up by Ugochukwu Ugwuoke from the left hand side to the right from a dead ball situation. Tope jabbed the ball inside the net in the 16th minute of play.
A second goal was a penalty beautifully converted by Ossy Martins at 43rd minutes.
The MFM Goalkeeper Osayi Kingdom brought Ugochukwu Ugwuoke down in their 18 yard box after he intercepted a back-pass from his defender.
Despite the win, Rangers Technical Adviser, Coach Abdu Maikaba expressed reservations on the state of with pitch.
According to him, “this is not the type of field we play our brand of football. But whether we like it or not, this is now our home and my boys need to adjust.
“We are happy we won the match, but we need to keep improving”.
According to him,” MFM has always been a difficult team again Rangers in recent years, because of young boys in the team who are ready to run till the end of 90 minutes”.
Enugu State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Manfred Nzekwe, watched the match and said the Enugu Stadium works will soon be completed.
On the match itself, he offered praise to the Flying Antelopes.
“This is what we expect to see Rangers do all the time. Though the two teams are good, but Rangers has proven to be the best so far.”
Commissioner Nzekwe thanked, “the Nnewi fans and the entire Igbo race” for their support for the team.
“Rangers is for South East and can play in any part of Igbo land as our home.
“But we pray to go back to our Enugu home in the near future.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium
Rehabilation works are underway at the turf of Rangers home stadium, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The League Management Company approved Rangers’ request to adopt FCIU Stadium as home for the ‘Flying Anthelopes’.
“We are putting the final touches in the turf and will soon get back to our tradition fans,” the Commissioner said.
The result has placed Rangers so far on the third position on NPFL table with 11 points from 6 matches behind Remo Stars(14) and Rivers United (12).
Rangers dim MFM light twice s at Nnewi