2-2 draw with Go Round FC regrettable, Rangers official says

Rangers International

Rangers International Football Club of Enugu are still rueing their 2-2 draw with Go Round FC in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 14 fixture on Sunday in Omoku.

Rangers were leading 2-0 within 25 minutes of the match but allowed their hosts to draw the game level by the 90th minute of the match from a penalty kick.

The club’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu that they had hoped on gaining the maximum three points.

“Before the match, we planned to pick the three maximum points. But football, being what it is, played a fast one on us.

“We started the game well and in the first 25 minutes we were 2-0 up. But we could not hold on to the advantage until the end of the match. It was a regrettable incident for us,’’ he said.

Okolie, however, said they were now looking forward to their next game to make up for the draw.

“In fact, we have taken the draw in our stride and we are not going to keep crying over spilt milk but see how we can remedy the cause that made us lose two points on the road,’’ he said.

The club spokesman said the team’s technical crew had been trying to ensure that the strikers started scoring goals from the numerous scoring chances created in a single match.

“We do know that this is the first time we are scoring two goals in a match, and that shows that we have to work more on our scoring abilities.

“We may not have been up there in our striking force, but it is a good sign that we have been scoring from other departments.

“And the two goals Ifeanyi George scored against Go Round FC showed that we have started scoring more than a goal in a match,’’ he said.

Speaking on the competition in the team’s goalkeeping department, Okolie said the department has always been Rangers’ most consistent department for years.

“We started the league with Seidu Mutawakilu in goal, before Femi Thomas took over. Later, Nana Bonsu came in due to Thomas’ injury against Enyimba International FC. He did well then and also did well in our last match.

“None of these goalkeepers has performed badly. Even Bonsu who conceded two goals against Go Round FC did well because he did wonderfully well to keep us in the game when the hosts came heavily on us.

“The goalkeeping department remains Rangers’ strongest department and other departments will soon follow suit as work is still in progress,’’ he said.
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