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NPFL: After Rangers’ win in Gombe, Ilechukwu plots Remo Stars fall in Enugu

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After a win on the road against Doma United, their first away win this season, Rangers coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu said he would rather worry over their next game than celebrate Saturday’s triumph in Gombe.

A determined display by the Flying Antelopes, deflated the hitherto high-riding Savannah Tigers with a the only goal of the Matchday 21 fixture inside Pantami Stadium, Gombe. The consequence of Rangers’ victory is that the Enugu-based side, now 34 points from 21 matches, will be lifted from seventh to fourth on the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) log, if all other results go their way.

Chinemerem Ugwueze squeezed in the all-important goal at the half-hour mark after being set up by Chidiebere Nwobodo, who breezed past two markers before laying an centimetre-perfect pass that was met with decisive precision which Kingdom Osayi had no answer to.

Ilechukwu was obviously delighted by the win and as is now an established routine of most coaches in the NPFL,  he went spiritual, mouthing words of appreciation to “God for victory”.

While counting the gains of such a significant win, the fancy-dressing young tactician did not lose sight of the fact that the league gets tougher in the end stanza.

“It was a vital game and win for us, but as I have said in other fora in the past, the second stanza would be tough and anything can happen”, Ilechukwu said to the media at the post match parley.

Setting his sights on their midweek clash with Remo Stars, the coach remarked rather philosophically: “This one has come and gone but we have a big game on Wednesday against a team we are looking up to as the next champion of the league.

“So, we are not celebrating too much today. Doma United is a very solid and stubborn team with a good coach but in football, anything can happen. For now, we are focused on the visit of Remo Stars to Enugu on Wednesday”.

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