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Ikorodu To Taste Rangers’ Fury

Posted: May 14, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

LAGOS – Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) leader, Rangers International of Enugu has not been having it rosy for some time now. This is because the team has failed to pick a win in its last three matches.
And these three winless matches have affected its fortunes in the league negatively.
But this weekend at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Ikorodu United Football Club of Lagos may incur the wrath of Rangers that is seeking a league title for the first time in as many years.
Rangers drew 1-1 at home against Shooting Stars on Sunday. That was coming on the heels of a 1-3 loss to Rivers United penultimate week before Wednesday’s 0-1 loss to Sunshine Stars of Akure.
Consequently, the former league champions earned only a point from a possible nine. The results have put immense pressure of the side, as Kano Pillars, Abia Warriors and Rivers United are hot on the heels of the Flying Antelope on the league leadership.
According to a former player of the team, who preferred not to be named, the trend needs to be checked, as Rangers always falters when so much was expected of it.
“If you watch, whenever Rangers attempts to win the league, it will stutter in the middle of games. Incidentally, whenever the falls start, they will hardly stop. That has been a trend virtually every year, even during our own time,” he said.
But, Chukwuma Agbo, the assistant coach of Rangers, blamed the loss to Sunshine on the unavailability of some key players.
“Our team has been depleted due to some unavoidable circumstances. We made a few mistakes in this match but we have problems with the way the match was handled by the officials”.
He said further that Ikorodu United is visiting his side at the wrong time, positing that the Lagos side would taste Rangers’ fury.
“They are coming to face our furry because we cannot afford another slip or poor result. Let us see how it goes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sam Okpodu, coach of Ikorodu United, has insisted that the team would escape relegation at the end of the season, believing that getting a good result in Enugu was possible.
“We are not thinking of going down because the season has not even gone half. Against Rangers, it is possible that we will come out undefeated because we are gradually rediscovering our form,” he said.