Rangers International FC, Enugu, in their last match of the year, 2022, earned a deserved goalless draw against ‘Oriental Rivals’, Enyimba International FC inside Enyimba Stadium, Aba on Saturday.
Both coaches showed their best legs with the ‘Aba Elephants’ looking to do more damage to the ‘Flying Antelopes’ image in the 2022 calendar year, but coach Abdul Maikaba had other ideas to earn some respect and points from matches that Both teams are involved. .
Detan Ogundare was in superlative form between the sticks for the Enugu side just as Austin Onyemaechi and Kingsley Maduforo shone in the third half with the defensive quartet of Uche John, Ebuka Anthony, John Jacob and Philip Clement, while Ojo Olorunleke also . he made his shots between sticks on Aba’s side.
The second stanza went much better for the coach Maikaba coached alongside with the introduction of Elijah Ani, Chidiebere Nwobodo, Samuel Pam and Eso Achibong who pushed the host back into their defensive shell and would have scored but for the sharp reflexes of Olorunleke.
Coach Abdul Maikaba said after the match: “It was a good game against a quality team. They put a lot of pressure on us to test our bottom line, but we reacted well just as our leaders also did well to create opportunities that we were unfortunate enough not to take. Our performance gives me a lot of confidence for the start of the new football season”.
Recall that Enyimba enjoyed bragging rights over his fierce rivals at the end of the year with three wins in the NPFL and the Pre-Season tournament that was recently held in Lagos.
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