Rangers put life into NPFL campaign
by George Akpayen 23 April 2017, 21:44http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/170423/Rangers_put_life_into_NPFL_campaign
Enugu Rangers picked up the pieces of their stuttering season with a 3-1 win over Kano Pillars in a rearranged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match on Sunday.
Chibuzor Madu, Chiamaka Madu and Ifeanyi George scored for the Nigerian champions. Adamu Mohammed's strike for Kano Pillars represented a mere consolation.
Rangers interim head coach Chukwuma Agbo listed a starting line-up that included two new-signings George and Bright Silas while the other new acquisition, Chidera Eze, a former Nigeria under-17 star started from the bench.
Godwin Aguda and Osas Okoro who were integral members of the league-winning side last season only had places among the Rangers substitutes.
Kano Pillars captain Gambo Mohammed was missing among the matchday squad for the eight game on the spin owing to an ankle injury since his last league appearance this season against Wikki Tourists on 8 March.
The Flying Antelopes barely allowed their opponents settle into the contest when George found himself in a good position inside Kano Pillars but was tripped before he could take a pop at goal.
The awarded a spot kick just a minute after the game began and Chibuzor Madu despatched the attempt past Yusuf Mohammed in Pillars' goal for the opener.
The Kano club were not given time and space on the ball and Rangers produced a superb move in the sixth minute which Chiamaka Madu finished off to double the champions' lead leaving Pillars stunned.
The former champions from Kano just could not keep up with the movement of Rangers. They struggled to create chances as the new signings for the champions, George and Silas, made their presence felt.
On the brink of half time, George got among the scorers to make it three-nil to Rangers.
However, Adamu Mohammed pulled one back for Kano Pillars in two minutes of first half stoppage time.
There was no goals in the second half though there was time former Nigeria under-17 player Eze to come off the bench to make his debut for Rangers by replacing Bobby Clement in the final 12 minutes of the contest.
The 3-1 success over Kano Pillars have only taken Rangers' points to 16, five less from safety. The champions still remain rooted to bottom spot and still have rearranged matches to play against Wikki Tourists, Sunshine Stars, Plateau United and Gombe United.