NPFL: Rangers seek Yobe scalp for Enugu state governor

NPFL By: Ambrose Udeme | 04/04/2018

Enugu Rangers will hope to secure an expected win as a perfect birthday present to its number one supporter and financier, Enugu state governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who turned 54 recently and also their General Manager/CEO, Prince Davidson Owumi who is marking his birthday on NPFL matchday as they welcome top-flight debutant Yobe Desert Stars to the Cathedral on Wednesday.

Players of the seven-time Nigerian league champions are poised to rake in a massive win as Yobe Desert Stars arrive with former Rangers duo, Nnaemeka Anyanwu and Itodo Akor for a rescheduled match day 15 fixture.

The contending sides under well-travelled coaches in the persons of Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote of Rangers and Mohammed Baba Ganaru of Yobe Stars have really not started the season on a good note but have gradually worked their way to the top half of the twenty team log.

Rangers have lost just once in their last six fixtures winning twice and three ended in draws while the visiting side from Damaturu have secured two wins, one draw and three losses in its last six matches with all to play for in this mid-week fixture which is the first meeting between both sides.

Ifeanyi George, who got a brace in Omoku against Go-Round in a match day 14 encounter is available for selection by coach Ogunbote just as the other starters in that game that saw the ‘Flying Antelopes’ surrender a two goals first half lead to be forced to a draw while Godwin Aguda and Shedrack Francis are out injured.

For the coach Babaganaru tutored side, former Heartland duo of Chidiebere Ajoku and Osita Echendu are on the trip to Enugu and would be expected to anchor the middle of the pack with former Enyimba lanky defender, Mustapha will lead the defence line.

With fifteen goals scored so far in the season, Yobe Stars attackers will be hoping to increase their goals haul but will be weary of their leaky back line that have been breached sixteen times since the start of the season while Rangers will be working hard to continue their fine form that have seen the team scored eleven times and cracking eleven times.

Fans are assured of good football artistry as Rangers take the visitors, Yobe Desert Stars to their slaughter slab, the ‘Cathedral’, Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
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