Fri. Apr 3rd, 2020

Akwa Starlets outs Rangers International as coach Benedict leaves (Match report, Reactions and Drama)

Akwa Starlets compounded the woes of Enugu Rangers with two (2) unreplied goals  in matchday five (5) of the Nigerian professional football league (NPFL) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu as coach Benedict Ugwu and his technical crew get suspended indefinitely.

It took just 18 minutes for Akwa Starlets to go in front, Ajayi got to the end of Ekpe’s beautiful freekick.

Celeb Esu’s side doubled the lead at the half time make, Isaac George slotted his first attempt on goal past Seidu as they handed the flying Antelopes back to back home losses.


Rangers International of Enugu came into this encounter fresh from successive losses as coach Benedict Ugwu was confident to get the team back on track.

The flying Antelopes started the game on the brighter note, Aniefiok Godspower should had given the home side the lead in the 11th minute, but his solo effort was not strong enough to beat Edafe in goal for The Uyo base side.

4 minutes later, Akwa Starlets came close to score first as Effiong’s effort rolls through the face of goal, nobody to make the contact.

Nothing would stop the Dakkada boys from taking the lead in the 18th minute, the Uyo base team got a freekick at the edge of Rangers box, captain Aniekan Ekpe swung in inch perfect cross which met Isaac Ajayi at the near post unmarked, and Ajayi made no mistake as he slotted it into the back of the net

Caleb Esu’s felt comfortable after the lead and took the game to Rangers, with the home side giving the ball away easily, they punished so dearly at the brink of half time.

A long ball from a quick counter attack by the away team met Ifeagwu  who pushed the ball forward for lonely Isaac George and latter hit a low shot past Seidu in goal for Rangers as  Akwa Starlets went into the break leading 2 nil.

The second half resumed with Rangers desperate to bail themselves out, Nonso came close in the 46th minute but his effort was well saved.

Rangers still knocking, Ifeanyi George saw his diving header saved by Edafe in the 65th minute.

4 minutes later it was Edafe again who stood tall to deny Seka close range strike.

With time winding down, the home fans started booing Rangers players and cheering the away team when ever they touch the ball with the normal “eh eh eh who who” slants.

It was evident that Rangers that the flying Antelopes can’t come back into the game, Akwa Starlets took home all three (3) points.


Akwa Starlets head coach Caleb Esu speaking exclusive to said he asked his boys to always drop dip against the home side

“I made it very clear to them that, today’s game, if you loose ball possession fall back and defend, I think that was what paid off, you can see that when we score, we have to prevent our opponents from scoring us, and exactly that’s what we did and God helped us and it worked for us”


Seconds after the end of the game the announcer said

“Rangers International head coach and his technical crew have been sacked and a new technical crew would be announced in the next 48 hours”


Rangers welcomes Egyptian club Pyramid Fc on Sunday December 1, as the switch attention to the CAF Confederations Cup.


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