A rear slip at the back by the ‘Flying Antelopes’, Rangers International F.C’ defenders allowed substitute, Chimezie Izuchukwu of M.F.M enough space to lob the ball over goalkeeper, Seidu Mutawakilu on 69 minutes and an equalizer from Ugochukwu Ugwuoke on 83 minutes ensured both sides shared the spoils in a match day 25, NPFL 2020/2021 fixture.
Playing a near dominance 4-5-1 formation, the coach Salisu Yusuf tutored side were quick off the block as soon as referee Joseph Ogabor signaled the start of hostilities with Godspower Aniefiok, Ibrahim Olawoyin and Esor Achibong pulling the strings in the middle of the pack but lone ranger upfront, Christian Nnaji had little to do against the towering backline of the visitors.
The quartet of Najeem Adeyinka, Precious Roland, Adikwu Moses and Ifeanyi Onyebuchi showed enough grit to contain all that was thrown at them just as goalkeeper Adeniyi Bamidele had little to do in the first quarter of the encounter with only Ebuka Anthony’ 6th minute long range effort that he spilled for what would have been the opening goal had Aniefiok directed the rebound.
Esor Achibong saw another opportunity go begging on 38 minute as his connecting volleyed shot off an Olawoyin’ fine delivery, only found the side net to the relief of the visitors.
Rangers gaffer, Yusuf, introduced the duo of Israel Abia and Chinonso Eziekwe ten minutes into the second stanza as he opted for a 4-3-3 formation which pushed the visitors back into their resolute defensive shells to deny the host’ attackers any sniff at goal.
With a quarter of an hour left on the clock, coach Yusuf introduced the duo of Ugochukwu Ugwuoke and Kenechukwu Agu to further push for an equalizer which came on 83 minutes off the boot of Uwguoke who reacted the quickest to jab home after a defender had blocked out Eziekwe’ headed effort off a cross from Kenechukwu Agu.
Goalkeeper Adeniyi Bamidele made a world class save on 89 minute to deny Eziekwe’ well drilled shot from the tightest of angles.