After enduring a painful four-match winless run, which includes a draw and three losses, Enugu Rangers grabbed the much-needed and perfect opportunity to return to winning ways as they earned a well-deserved 2-0 win over league debutant Sporting FC of Lagos in Awka on Sunday.
The birthday ceremony of Sporting Lagos FC's youthful coach, Paul Offor, was marred by the loss Enugu Rangers ran away with in convincing fashion in Awka.
The Tech Boys from Lagos got an injury boost as their star striker and top goalscorer, Jonathan Alukwu, made the team’s bench after missing the past three games due to an illness.
Coach Paul opted to keep faith in the two strikers he started last time, Godwin Udoh and Naibe Akpesiri, meaning Junior Lokosa and Alukwu were kept as options off the bench.
In the 9th minute into the game, the home side took the lead through a well-placed shot from Austine Onyemaechi, pegging the visitors back.
Sporting, who had just one win in their last five games, went into the half a goal down and were desperate not to drop more points on the road.
Sporting Lagos has won four league games out of thirteen, but all of their wins have come at home, as they’re yet to witness victory on away soil.
On the hour mark, Coach Paul made a triple change, with Alukwu, Odafi, and Godwin Odibo replacing Godwin Udoh, Chisom Orji, and Henry Ndedi in a bid to secure at least a point.
The Naija Super 8-winning gaffer brought on Super Eagles striker, Junior Lokosa, in the closing minutes of the game to help his side find an equalizer, but instead, they conceded a penalty.
A late tackle on a Rangers player made the referee point to the spot, and Augustine Agu Kenechukwu wasted no time in scoring from twelve yards to secure three points for Fidelis Ilechukwu’s men.
Sporting returns to the drawing board in hopes of securing three points in front of their fans on Thursday as they welcome Bayelsa United to the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos.