Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Sunday drew 1-1 with visiting Shooting Stars (3SC) FC of Ibadan in Enugu in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture.
Godwin Aguda gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute after visiting goalkeeper Charles Tembe committed a blunder during a corner kick by home captain Okey Odita.
Tembe allowed the ball to slip out of his hands and presented a gift to Aguda who rolled the ball into the net.
3SC raised their game after the interval, but were made to wait till the 76th minute when Abu Azeez scored with a powerful shot from outside the penalty area.
Speaking after the match, 3SC’s Technical Adviser, Fatai Amoo, said the club’s attention was now on getting good results from their away matches.
“Getting good results in away matches is our priority at the moment and that is why we fought for the three points against Rangers. But we were not lucky to pick more than one point.
The 1-1 draw was not our target. But the players gave Rangers lots of respect before the interval and after the interval the players lifted their game to get the equalising goal.
Though Rangers missed lots of chances, but we could have also won the match as the best chance of the game was presented to my player Nonso Nbakwe, which he failed to convert,’’ he said.
Also speaking, captain of the visiting team, Sylvanus Ebiaku said the club needed the three points against Rangers to boost their morale for the remaining matches of the season.
“The three points would have been better. But, as it is in any away match, a point is not all that bad,’’ he added.
The result pushed Rangers down to the 14th position on the league table with 36 points from 28 matches.
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