By Nicholas Obisike/Enugu
Remo Stars Football Club of Sagamu on Wednesday in Enugu compounded the woes of hosts Rangers International FC in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with a 1-1 draw.
The result in the Match Day 16 fixture dampened the defending champions’ hopes of moving away from the bottom of the league table.
Rangers took the lead through Daniel Etoh in the 12th minute, but their joy was cut short in the second period of the match by Ekene Awazie’s 54th minute goal.
Speaking after the match, Remo Stars’ Technical Adviser, Fatai Osho, expressed happiness that his players were able to held their own against the hosts.
“We came for the three points at stake, but a draw is not a bad result. So, we take it with good faith considering the status of Rangers in the nation’s league.
“I wish we had won the match, as it was already swinging in our favour. But the home goalkeeper did well to stop our last attempt which would have sealed the game 2-1.’’
Osho reserved praises for Rangers’ goalkeeper Nana Bonsu for doing a good job for the home team in spite of his team’s attacking efforts.
He also praised the centre referee, Hannah Elaigwu, saying she did a very good job.
Bonsu was making a return to the starting line-up because of the injury Itodo Akor sustained against Katsina United FC on Sunday.
In another match today, a spirited 10-man Gombe United Football Club fought back in the second half to force hosts Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday in Ilorin.
The match was played at the Kwara Stadium Complex.
The hosts were the better side for some early parts of the encounter but were wasteful in front of goal.
With just four minutes left on the clock before the end of the first stanza, Chigozirim Metu capitalised on the visiting goalkeeper’s error to score for the hosts.
Joseph Onwugu, who thought he had a grip on the ball, allowed the ball to slip away from his gloves for Metu to waste no time in taking advantage.
Austine Oladapo was sent off with just a minute left in injury time of the first half to reduce the visitors to 10 men and give the hosts a seeming advantage.
But Gombe United returned for the second half to show a better understanding of coach Manu Garba’s half-time team talk.
Mannir Ubale equalised for the Savannah Scorpions in the 54th minute when he snatched the ball from home goalkeeper Abdullahi Boje who had attempted to dribble him.