Head coach of Rangers International F.C, Abdul Maikaba, has assured the club’ numerous fans that he and his wards were in Jos, the ‘Tin City’ for a match day 30, NPFL 2021/2022 fixture against Plateau United with their sights set at annexing all three points at stake.
Maikaba, who will be giving out the hand of his daughter, Bilkisu, in marriage to the son of A.I.G Aliyu Abubakar, Saifudeen on match day, will be coming up against his immediate past employers who edged his current club 1-0 in their first meeting earlier in the season in Nnewi and will be looking to avenge the home loss in this re-arranged match day fixture inside the New Jos Stadium on Saturday, May 28, 2022.
Smarting from a hard fought 1-0 win over Dakkada in last week’ fixture in Awka, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ whose first round away form is still to be matched in the second stanza, is boosted by the return to training sessions of mercurial midfielder, Ugochukwu Ugwuoke, defense lynchpin, Tope Olusesi, and attacking sensation, Chinonso Eziekwe from injury.
Third placed Rangers will be taking on second placed Plateau United who are six points clear on the log and will be counting on the experienced attacking duo of Elijah Ani and top-scorer, Ossy Martuns to get the needed goals while trusting the backline ably led by Uche John and Ernest Governor.
Going by the current form of W, L, W, D, W, L in their last six matches for Rangers as against L, W, L, L, W, L record for the host, the ‘Flying Antelopes’ look set to earn a deserved victory to earn the bragging rights as both sides have earned equal number of victories (five apiece) with a draw in their last eleven meetings.
Coach Maikaba said ahead of the fixture, “We take the game like any other game, it’s my former team, it’s good that I play against my former team at their own ground. We are going with a plan to get all three points at stake because, getting that will help us a lot not only to qualify for the continent but it will be good for our own image.”
Also speaking, Mbwas Mangut, the chief coach of the Enugu side, said, “I believe we have gotten enough rest needed for this encounter and we are approaching the game as a cup final. I believe the boys will rise to the occasion and deliver the needed results on the pitch as they are in the right frame of mind to get us the maximum points.”
A thundering connecting header by Buhari Ibrahim off a long throw-in by Daniel Itodo on 6 minutes was what separated both sides earlier in the season in a match day 10 fixture in Nnewi and Rangers players have since put that loss behind them with three wins on the road and in need of the fourth for the season as we approach the end of the season.