Rangers coach Ilechukwu sees tough battle in potential title decider against Enyimba



Fidelis Ilechukwu, coach of Enugu Rangers, says he expects a tough battle against Enyimba of Aba in what could be a title decider.

Rangers currently have two points lead at the summit of the table, after losing to points following a goalless draw against Sporting Lagos at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Lagos.

The result left them with 61 points after 34 games, while nine-time champions Enyimba took advantage of the slip to close the gap between them and Rangers by beating Rivers United 4-1 in Aba on Sunday, thanks to braces from Chijioke Mbaoma and Elijah Akanni.

Ilechukwu, however, said the getting one point in Lagos is a positive result and spoke about the Oriental Derby clash with the champions.

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Speaking after the match in Lagos, he said, “Coming to Sporting Lagos and picking a point is not a small thing. It shows we are seriously working hard; I’m so happy about that.

“Honestly, it’s going to be tough against a team that has the pedigree of winning the league; they have all it takes to win it, but Rangers will keep fighting to get our three points. I know it won’t be easy, but you can’t predict what is going to happen.

“We are positive, and we are not saying we are going to win the title. This game has come and gone, and we are going to prepare very well against Enyimba.”

Another title contender breathing down the neck of Rangers are Remo Stars, who are only separated from Enyimba by goal difference.

With their two-point lead, Rangers are on course for an eighth NPFL title, with their last triumph coming in 2016.


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