Enugu Rangers head coach, Gbenga Ogunbote has credited the Flying Antelopes’ experience has the main reason for their vital away win against Kwara United in a rescheduled league tie played in Ilorin on Wednesday.
The Flying Antelopes relied on their first-half heroics to inflict on the Harmony Boys their first home loss of the season after Ifeanyi George and Godwin Aguda put them in the lead in the 25th and 28th minutes while the hosts’ second-half improved performance only fetched a consolation goal through Ebenezer Odeyemi in the 65th minute.
Ogunbote who praised the performance of his players and the determined zeal of their hosts stressed that they never got the three points on the platter but that they had to device various means to hold on to their lead that has taken them to the summit of the top-flight Group A table.
“We give God all the glory for this first victory on the road. I equally commend my players for their doggedness and determination shown during the match,” Ogunbote told the club media.
"I also thank the government of Enugu state as well as management and supporters of the club for their belief in what we are doing. It was not an easy match as our opponents came all out in the second half but we showed maturity to contain them.
“Our target at the start of the season is on course as we aim for a top three finish and finish well at the end of the season’s top six play-offs.”
The skipper of the game, Isiaka Oladuntoye was delighted with the away win they had against his former club and thumbed up the performance of the team.
“I am very happy to have led my team, Rangers to this sweet victory against my state team that I had served for six years before departing,” Oladuntoye told the club media.
“We had to defend with the last energy in our system in the second half after the home side put us through a lot of pressure.”
Rangers have usurped MFM to the leadership of the NPFL Group A with 24 points while the Olukoya Boys and Enyimba have been pushed down to the second and third spots respectively with 23 and 21 points in that order.