With the end of the abridged NPFL 2018/2019 season in sight and teams jostling to make the ‘Super Six’ playoff as well as avoid the dreaded drop to the lower division, host of match day 20 fixture between Rangers International have vowed to deny Bendel Insurance victory.
Coming from a 1-0 loss to fellow continental cup campaigners, Lobi Stars in a match day 19 fixture, coach Olugbenga Ogunbote and his wards are in no mood to toil with maximum points at stake in the top of the bill encounter scheduled for the main bowl of Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, Enugu.
Rangers will be without the trio of Ifeanyi George, Seka Pascal and Zeidine Ousmane among others due to injury, but coach Ogunbote is optimistic of earning all three points at stake against the visiting side from Benin complete with a former Rangers coach, Monday Odigie and some sons of Enugu state led by Adimoranma Eze and Kingsley Onovo.
On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Rangers gaffer will likely be looking towards the returning quartet of Godwin Zaki, Ifeanyi Okoro, Michael Uchebo and Emeka Ayogueke to lead the attack for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ against a crack defense squad expected to be paraded by coach Odigie ably led by Ebiaku Promise Sylvanus, Odinaka Edeh, Sodje Stephen and Benjamin Tanimu.
In the reverse NPFL fixture played on Thursday, April 25, 2019 inside UNIBEN Sports Complex, it took a controversial sending off of Rangers’ Ivorian attacking sensation, Seka Pascal on 21 minutes for the ‘Arsenals’ to run away with a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Junior Osaghae and Sodje Stephen with Kelvin Itoya replying once for the ‘Flying Antelopes’.
Going down memory lane, every encounter between both sides have never failed to live up to its billings with the likes of Monday Agbontean, Bright Omokaro, Agwo Nnaji, Monday Eguavoen, Francis Monidafe, Leotis Boateng, George Omokaro, Henry Ogboe, Sunday Eboigbe, Fitting Amenaghawon among others appearing for the Benin side against such names as the legendry, Christian Chukwu, Emmanuel Okala, Louis Igwilo, Aloysius Atuegbu, Ogidi Ibeabuchi, Christian Madu, Nnamdi Nwokocha, Kenneth Boardman, Davidson Owumi, Stanley Okoronkwo, Francis Nwosu, John Uwanaka, Emeka Onyedika, Nwabueze Nwankwo and many others.