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NPFL : Rangers will fight- to- finish – Chukwu

… Enyimba will surprise you –Ogunbote

By Paul Erewuba

As the NPFL title race enters its crescendo with two matches left, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu would literally go up in flame, as title seeking People’s Elephant attempt to trample on the Enugu Flying Antelopes in Matchday 37 of the Nigeria Premier League.

The Aba -based outfit have 57 points while the Enugu-based Antelopes are on 52 points, having secured their status in the top division for another season.

The People’s Elephant are in the hunt for a top-three finish as they sit in fourth position behind leaders Plateau United, MFM  and Akwa United, and the players know  how important it will be for them to grab the maximum three points at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium where they have managed just two wins in their last 13 travels.

The derby, Pundits have observed, will be intriguing and interesting rolled into one considering the fact that Rangers would want to win the three points ignored to shore up their points for a continental ticket next year. And Enyimba on the other hand would be aiming at a win so as to push out Akwa United from the third position.

Meanwhile, Rangers General Manager and CEO, Christian Chukwu has stated that the Flying Antelopes will fight- to- finish and hope to consolidate.

He assured their teeming fans of management’s determination and commitment towards ensuring that the pride of the Easterners finishes top ten in the Premier League.

According to him, Rangers will fight till the end of the 2016/2017, Nigeria professional football league (NPFL) season.

“I’m optimistic that it is not over yet until it is over, as the league table is very tight and close call, Clubs within the first tenth range of the league log could still change the game and come tops or second to clinch the trophy or at worst secure a continental ticket.

“Management believes though the players and coaches have done great, a lot still have to be done, specially with the two remaining league matches.”

Rangers seat on the 8th position on the NPFL league table with 52 points from 36 matches and goal

difference of minus three.

Chukwu maintained that a victory against Enyimba tomorrow in Enugu and a win or draw on the road for the Club against Plateau United in the last game next week will brighten the chances of Rangers winning the league trophy back to back or securing a continental slot, expressing confidence that the club can achieve the feat.


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