We must accept defeat to Akwa United, says Enugu Rangers' Ogunbote

Having watched his side bow to their hosts in Uyo, the gaffer says the Flying Antelopes must display good sportsmanship

Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote believes his side's must 'accept' in good faith their 2-0 defeat against Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Ogunbote suffered defeat in his first competitive match charge of the Flying Antelopes no thanks to goals from Kelly Kester and Dennis Nya for the hosts on Sunday.

But the tactician is unmoved as he is confident his side will bounce back when they face Lobi Stars in their next encounter at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Wednesday.

"Where we got it wrong is an internal issue. A team has lost and another won. We have played and seen it. We will need to go back home and make amends where necessary," Ogunbote told Goal.

"The issue is that this is my first game in charge and our first competitive match this season. We just need little time, things will get better. The old and new players will blend and adapt to the new style. It is a question of time. I believe we will get it right.

"I can see Akwa United coach was here last season and his philosophy has been imbibed well by the players. When a football game turns out this way, you just have to accept it.

"When you have a vacancy – you must fill them. We should remember that the league just started and possibly by January 31, we would have played five games. Otherwise, fatigue we set in.

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"The 17 new players included five who graduated from the youth teams. This means we only signed 12 senior professionals. We brought them in to add more value to the team.

"The loss will not affect us in our next game [against Lobi Stars} rather it will spur us to do better. Losing here will require us to go back home to work on our mistakes.

"We don't need to tell the players because they know we need to step up our game, otherwise we will be putting pressure on the team. With little patience, things we get better for Rangers," he concluded.