Rangers Coach Remains Hopeful Despite ‘Painful’ Draw Against Katsina

By Chukwuka Ugokwe, Awka.

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Despite being held to a 0-0 draw against Katsina United on match day 9 of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), Enugu Rangers coach Fidelis Ilechukwu maintained a positive outlook, expressing his faith in the team’s ability to bounce back from the “painful” stalemate.

The high tense match played at the Awka Township Stadium attracted many football lovers, ex players and sports administrators across the nation.

Coach Ilechukwu, described the scoreline as a very painful one having expected a win, but quickly added that the team would perform better in upcoming matches.

Enugu Rangers coach, Fidelis Ilechukwu.

“It is a very painful game, I believe that we were supposed to get something better,” Ilechukwu said. “It is so painful it ended this way.”

He attributed the result to his opponents defensive strategy, which he affirmed worked for them even after injecting  lots of technical input to ensure victory.

“They came with a defence game and it worked for them. It is very unfortunate right now, but in football anything can happen. There is still hope, it is open everywhere,” he added.

On his part, Coach Tony Bolus of Katsina United expressed satisfaction with the scoreline as his match strategy yielded a rewarding result. He acknowledged that Rangers played well and remain a formidable side.

Rangers now occupy the 5th spot on the log with 15 points from nine matches after failing to score for the first time this season, as Doma United currently leads the pack on 17 points with a superior goal difference.