The players of Rangers International FC of Enugu has received praises from the team manager, Amaobi Ezeaku, for the goalless match result they secured against Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna in Lokoja.
Ezeaku’s comments were made in Enugu on Sunday where he attributed the goalless result to hard work of the players. He also commended the players’ confidence in the match regarded by him as a wonderful one.
He said: “Knowing the position we occupied currently, we applied caution and even when the referee gave Tornadoes a penalty in the 3rd minute, we weren’t bothered.
“In my assessment of the game, I will say it is a wonderful game, good officiating and beautiful display by the both teams.
“I am giving kudos to my players because they made us proud, getting a draw in away match in Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is not easy.’’
Ezeaku held that coming back to draw level in a football match is a difficult task but his players were just up to it, a fit he also attributed to divine intervention.
“We went to Maiduguri and played out 1-1 draw against El-Kanemi Warriors and in Lokoja; we draw 0-0, so I feel excited.
“It is a wonderful thing that all sports lovers in Enugu are now beginning to get relief that Rangers are getting back to where they belong in Nigerian League,” The Ranger boss said.
Ezeaku recommended that the NPFL should evaluate the improvements on the performance of players and match officials.
On behalf of Enugu State government, the management and technical crew, he however pledged an abiding support for the team, which he encouraged to remain steadfast in the current league campaign.
He also assured that the players are steadily improving compared with their past performances.
“Though, we are still looking forward to grab an away victory, but with the current two results in our away matches, I believe, it is not far from us.
“Gradually, we will get there, but all attention is now turned to FC Ifeanyi Uba who is our next opponent in Enugu.
“Remember, that they beat us 1-0 in the first leg and a resounding victory in Enugu in the forthcoming second leg will be so amazing,” Ezeaku said.
With the latest goalless draw, Rangers gained a point, shifting to the 13th position on the log, and have earned a total 32 points in all 25 matches played.