Enugu - Fans of Rangers International Football Club on
Sunday showed their anger with the team by shouting abusive words and other
expletives at the players after their home draw.
The league leaders drew 1-1 with Shooting Stars Sports Club
(3SC) of Ibadan at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
The match was a week 15 game in the 2015/2016 Nigeria
Professional Football League (NPFL).
The furious Rangers’ fans crowded round the players as they
were coming out of their dressing room on their way to their bus, saying the
players gave them a disappointing evening.
It took the intervention of the stadium security personnel
to check and contain the angry fans.
The tension-filled match was goalless until after 85 minutes
of play when the centre referee, Thomas Tivkor, awarded a penalty kick to
Rangers due to an infringement.
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The penalty kick was scored by Rangers’ striker Chisom
However, during the added four minutes, a Rangers defender
stopped the ball with his hands in the penalty area, prompting the referee to
award a penalty kick to the visitors.
Striker Ajani Ibrahim scored the kick for the visiting team
Rangers’ coach Imama Amapakabo said his players underrated
the 3SC side by not putting all they have into the game in the first half.
Amapakabo said his side then faced a more difficult second
half since they lost chances that should have given them an early and
“This game is an eye-opener to everybody in the Rangers team
not to toy with any team in the NPFL,’’ he said.
Reacting, 3SC’s Assistant Coach, Lateef Yussuf, said the
game was a highly technical match.
“However, my boys played to the rule and we are happy to
hold Rangers to a 1 – 1 draw in their own home.
“This victory will spur us to more victories as the league
progresses, and we are assuring our teeming fans of better days ahead,’’
Yussuf, who led the Oluyole Warriors to Enugu, said.
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