2017/2018 NPFL: Kano Pillars hold Rangers 1-1 in Enugu

2017/2018 NPFL: Kano Pillars hold Rangers 1-1 in Enugu

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Rangers took the lead in the 41st minute of the match through Godwin Aguda to make their dominance count before the break.

The Flying Antelopes started the second half brightly but collapsed as the game progressed, which made the visiting Pillars to peg them back for the entirety of the second half.

Junior Lokosa capitalised on a defensive blunder to draw the visitors level in the 85th minute.

Speaking after the match, Rangers’ Technical Adviser, Olugbenga Ogunbote, said his team played well but were wasteful in front of goal.

“We would have scored more than a goal in the match but the players failed to convert lots of chance that they created.

“Before our next match, we are going to work more on our scoring ability to ensure we come away with a good result against Plateau United and others in our forthcoming matches,’’ he said.

Kano Pillars’ Technical Adviser, Ibrahim Musa, said his team were in Enugu for the three points considering the outcome of their last home match against Enyimba International FC of Aba.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the week 9 match had ended 1-1 in Kano.

“Actually, we missed Chinedu Udoji because he was a good player but what can we do as it is a matter of death. So, we have to keep doing well in his absence.

“Udoji’s absence affected the players. If not, we would have been singing aloud because we have to change our game plan so that we can have a good replacement for him,’’ Musa said.

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He however noted that Rangers are a good side who were unable to read the game as necessary.

”We took advantage of that,” he said.

The duo of Ogunbote and Musa however praised the match’s officiating, saying such good officiating would improve the league.

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