Ifeanyi Ubah 2- 4 Enugu Rangers: Anambra Warriors end play-offs empty-handed
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Although coach Uche Okagbue’s men fought hard in their final game, they were condemned to their fifth straight defeat by the Flying Antelopes

Ifeanyi Ubah ended their campaign at the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Six on a losing note as they were thumped 4-2 by Enugu Rangers on Wednesday at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.

The Anambra Warriors had lost their earlier four games against Lobi Stars, Kano Pillars, Akwa United and Enyimba but they had hoped to bow out on a high against the Flying Antelopes.

Coach Gbenga Ogunbote’s team are eyeing a possible continental football ticket and only a victory against the ‘whipping boys’ would give them a fighting chance depending on how things pan out in the two other games.

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It was not surprising that the Flying Antelopes came off the blocks strongly at the Soccer Temple.

Rangers needed just seven minutes before they had their heads in front as Chiamaka Madu fired in the first goal after being perfectly set up by Micheal Uchebo.

The Flying Antelopes created a handful of chances after their first goal but they failed to convert them until they finally got it right in the 42nd minute when Chidera Ezeh's volley was deflected by Jimoh Gbadamosi into the net.

Although coach Ogunbote’s men were happy going into the break they came out looking for more in the second half.

Five minutes into the second half, Rangers extended their lead further, this time it was Christian Madu that fired in the third.

While it was looking like Anambra Warriors will be decimated in their last outing in the championship play-offs, the youthful team reduced the deficit moments after they let in the third goal through Chibuike Ezeh.

Ezeh was on target again for the Anambra Warriors in the 55th minute as a comeback was now looking possible.

However, the Flying Antelopes restored their two-goal lead when Godwin Aguda in the 64th scored from the penalty spot after a handball incident was spotted by the referee in the Anambra Warriors’ box.

Rangers held on to their two-goal advantage until the final whistle was sounded and they would now wait to see the outcomes from the other games to know if they would get a ticket to feature in the Caf Confederation Cup again next season.

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