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Rangers Take Title Chase To Umuahia

Posted: Jul 30, 2016 at 1:55 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu
Lagos – Rangers’ resolve to end their almost four decade’s wait for a major trophy in the Nigerian league will be fully put to test on Sunday, as the Flying Antelopes will be the guest of champions, Enyimba of Aba, in one of the week 29 matches.
In the reverse fixture in Enugu on March 27, Rangers came from behind to beat Enyimba 2-1 after Joseph Osadiaye put Enyimba in front in the 14th minute. Rangers responded through Godwin Aguda in the 21st minute and Chisom Egbuchulam in the 37th minute.
Last week, Rangers were forced to a 1-1 draw by the visiting Lobi Stars, Enyimba were spanked 2-0 in Jos by Plateau United. Enyimba are sitting fifth on the table with 40 points from 25 matches, seven points adrift of their Sunday’s opponents, Rangers with eight rounds of matches to go.
Rangers have maintained consistency in their previous matches with three wins and two draws in their last five matches. This is in contrast with Enyimba that have won the same number of matches but suffered two loses in their last five matches, with Heartland and Plateau United being their conquerors.
Incidentally, Rangers have lost only twice in their last 10 matches, with five wins and three draws capping a memorable second stanza of the league.
According to Rangers’ Chisom Egbuchulam, the Flying Antelopes hope to continue their fine run even against Enyimba.
“Our form is good and we hope to continue like this even as we play Enyimba on Sunday. The draw against Lobi last Sunday was a sore point and we have put that behind us,” Egbuchulam said.
Chinedu Udoji, the Enyimba captain, expressed the hope that his side would not disappoint in Sunday’s match.
“We were very disappointed with the loss in Jos, but that has been put behind us. We are focused on the match and we know how ambitious they are, but we are equally looking to defend our title,” Udoji said.
Prediction: Enyimba 2 -1 Rangers