It was a much-improved performance for the former NPFL champions, Rangers International F.C in the Match Day 11 fixture against host’s, Sunshine Stars inside Akure Township stadium as they were forced to a 1-1 draw.
The host took the initiative as soon as referee Auwalu Rabiu from Zamfara state signalled
for the start of hostilities with Ezekiel Thompson, Abiodun Joseph and Sikiru Alimi pushing the defence
line of the visitors to its limit but to its credit, the Okey Odita led backline stood their ground.
Rangers’ players gradually took the game to their hosts with Ajani Ibrahim, Ifeanyi George, Bright Silas and Godwin Aguda probing the rear of the host and would have shoot
into the lead on 23 minutes but Ajani shot wide when he was put through by a defence splitting
pass from Tope Olusesi.
Five minutes later, Ajani turned provider of the opening goal as his well measured
pass was met by Ifeanyi George who blasted past the groping hands of Ocheje Moses to send the Akure fans into surprise silence while the travelling
fans went on wiled
produced a world class save
on 35 minutes to deny Isaac Loute
’ pile drive from nestling in the net after the left-back dribbled his way past a sea of tackling legs to pull the trigger.
Substitute, Emmanuel Sunday who came in for CHAN Eagles star, Ekundayo Ojo, did cause Rangers defenders some troubles with his massy
runs and dribbles and he made Femi Thomas do some quality goalkeeping on 38 minutes to save the ‘Flying Antelopes’ some blushes.
Some slack defending by Rangers backline gave enough time and room for lanky
defender, Nojeem Raji to restore parity as he nodded into a yawning net an inviting free kick
from Emmanuel Sunday with only three minutes to the end of the first stanza.