NPFL: Rangers Coach rues setback against Kwara United

NPFL By: Ayodeji Tunde | 16/04/2018

FC Naija

Enugu Rangers Coach, Gbenga Ogunbote has described Sunday’s barren draw against Kwara United as a huge setback for his team in their pursuit of at least a continental ticket this season.

Seven-time Nigerian league champions, Rangers International F.C failed to take their chances in a match day 17 NPFL fixture as visiting and relegation-threatened Kwara United ran away with a valuable one point courtesy of a goalless draw achieved inside the main-bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Thousands of fans of the ‘Flying Antelopes’ had thronged the stadium expecting a rout of the basement side under coach Bala Abubakar and the players did show hunger for victory in the early stages of the encounter but poor marksmanship and quality goalkeeping by Jonah Usman robbed the host of any goal.

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“This was a great setback for us as we failed to take our chances in the first half,” Ogunbote said in a post-match interview.

 “The missed opportunities in the first half came to hunt us in the second. Surely, we have to step up our game and get back the lost points on the road. I appeal to our fans for understanding over the missed two points.” He added

On his part, Coach Abubakar in his post-match chat said, “We stuck to our game plans and it worked out well for us. I think that the result was a fair result to both sides and we continue to work our way out of the relegation zone where we find ourselves.”