As the NPFL 2018/2019 abridged season continues mid-week, Enugu side, Rangers International F.C will on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, hope to take all three points at stake as Bauchi state side, Wikki Tourists come visiting for a match day 10 fixture inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
The coach Olugbenga Ogunbote tutored side still basking in the euphoria of earning a well deserved 1-1 draw in a CAF Confederation cup encounter away in Sfax against C.S Sfaxien will be relying on the attacking prowess of the ‘Flying Antelopes’ to wrestle the maximum points at stake.
With six points from three matches played in the ten weeks old league, Rangers’ defense line anchored on the quartet of Tope Olusesi, Isaac Loute, Pape Ousmane Sane and Semiu Liadi shall be alert to snuff out any threat from the visitors’ coaching team led by Aliyu Zubairu.
The ‘Elephants’ from Bauchi are currently placed 6th on Group A of the abridged league with nine points from seven matches winning three and losing four scoring five goals and conceding six goals.
Bright Silas who has been firing from all cylinders since the start of the season said, “We know that Wikki is a good team but we are better placed to pick all three points at stake. No doubt, it will be a difficult match but we are prepared for all they will bring and at the end, we collect our three points.”
Newly acquired midfield maestro, Tony Msonter said, “Anyday, Wikki is a good side but we are united as a team to get the maximum points at stake. We respect them but I don’t see them as a threat to our target of been amongst teams for the super six contest at the end of the regular season. Our fans should come out and cheer us to another sweet victory.”
Rangers have been having an edge over the Bauchi side in the last two season earning a 3-2 win in a match day 13 fixture in Enugu and securing a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture on match day 33 while last season, it was a 3-0 spanking received by the ‘Elephants’ from Bauchi in their first meeting on a match day 19 fixture on April 29, 2018 inside the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
This dominance is expected to continue in the match day 10 fixture inside ‘The Cathedral’ as the Ogunbote men still smarting from their 1-1 CCC draw away to Tunisian giants, C.S Sfaxien few days back and the vastly traveled gaffer said, “No doubt, we are condemned to win as anything less will not be good for us going into the continent at the weekend. We are not under any pressure as we hope to play our game and expect the best and God’s grace. Wikki may have played more matches than us but they are ahead of us on the log so we have to be at our best to get the much needed result that will place us where we rightly belong. It will be a tough match no doubt.”