Nigeria Professional Football League club Enugu Rangers beat Warri Wolves 1-0 in a pre-season friendly on Monday at the Warri City stadium.
Ibrahim Olawoyin’s 75th minute solitary strike made the difference in an encounter that saw Wolves display intelligent midfield play.
Rangers coach Benedict Ugwu paraded a near completely different squad from the one that defeated Heartland F.C three days back with Uche John, Kehinde Adedipe, Ibrahim Olawoyin and Sadick Abbas featuring in both matches and it took some time for the premiership returning side from Warri to get into the game.
Ibrahim, Sadick and Chinonso Eziekwe were a handful for the home side but some minutes loss of concentration on the 10th minute denied the
game its opening goal as an inch perfect cross from Adedipe missed the needed connection from a vantage Olawoyin.
Coach Ngozi Elechi of Warri Wolves, who lost their previous two friendlies to Enyimba and Akwa United, featured a side that stood toe to toe with the invading ‘Flying Antelopes’ who have found scoring
easy in its other friendly matches.
After a barren first half, coach Ugwu introduced fresh legs in Dauda Madaki, Ifeanyi George, Seka Pascal and Emeka Ayogueke and the tide swung in their favour as the Wolves’ shot stopper did well to keep out the attacking play of Rangers on three occasions.
But there was little they could do to stop Olawoyin’s volley on 75 minutes off a Madaki’ incisive cross.