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2023/2024 NPFL Match Day 26: Rangers defeat Lobi 2-1 in Enugu to put pressure on title race

Posted : 18 March 2024

Rangers Football Club of Enugu, on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, defeated Lobi Stars of Makurdi 2-1 in Match Day 26 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).

The first 45 minutes of the encounter saw the host team dominate proceedings from the blast of the whistle, but the stout defense of Lobi denied them of goals.

However, the Flying Antelopes were awarded a penalty in the 39th minute when Ugochukwu Ejike was hacked down in the box by Lobi goalkeeper, Lucky Abdulahi.

Ugochukwu neatly beat Abdulahi to give Rangers a deserving lead in the 40th minute to end the first half 1-0.

Kingsley Madufori gave Rangers the second goal immediately at the start of the second half in the 48th minute.

Substitute Stanley Oganbor pulled one back for Lobi in the 60th minute.

All efforts by Rangers to increase the tally failed, while Lobi’s attempt to equalize proved abortive.

In his post-match reaction, Chief Coach of Lobi Stars, Eugene Ogabe, praised the officiating of the match, adding that he was impressed by the performance of his players.

“I am impressed with my players; I am also happy with the officiating; we will go back and prepare for our next game,” he said.

On his part, Rangers Coach, Fidelis Illechukwu, said though he made several changes to his starting lineup due to injuries to his starters, he was satisfied with the result.

“I am happy for the win. Some of my players were injured, and I decided to make changes, but I am happy with the game,” he said.

The win takes Rangers to 45 points, one behind Lobi with 46 points, while they travel away to Heartland in Owerri for the next match.


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