Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rangers Still Upbeat After Opening Day Loss

In spite of suffering defeat in its first game of the season, Enugu Rangers’ technical adviser, Alphonsus Dike, believes that his side would overcome the setback to contend for the Globacom Premier League title this season.
Dike, who replaced former coach, Christian Chukwu, started his career as head coach of the Flying Antelopes on a losing note in Akure when his side went down 1-2.
The former Golden Eaglets’ coach pointed out that the early goal his side conceded in the game played a part of deflating the confidence of Rangers during Sunday’s match.
Last Sunday, Sunshine Stars’ man, Akin Anifowoshe, set the tone for the home side when he cracked in a 46-second goal to the consternation of the travelling contingent of Flying Antelopes.
“It was the early that really unsettled us. The game had not even started and we conceded that goal, and it was what Sunshine Stars needed to help them do well in the game,” he said.
Dike made it clear that though the early goal made the game difficult his side fought back but ended up conceding a second goal with just a quarter of an hour left to play for in the match.
However, the Enugu Rangers’ handler is confident that the goal of the side in ending its 25-year wait for a domestic trophy would come to fruition at the end of this season.

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