Rangers Hit El-Kanemi Thrice

Rangers were bottom of the log when they kicked off their Match Day 6 programme against El-Kanemi Warriors, but the dark cloud hovering around the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium soon gave way to cheers as the Flying Antelopes settled down for business quicker than their fans would have thought with the very first of thre goals coming in the 4th minute.
Captain Emeka Eze’s cross from the right side of his team’s attack was deep and precise enough to evade every El-Kanemi defender except his main target, Odah Marshal who couldn’t miss from 5 yards.
That goal settled Rangers’ nerves and with Technical Adviser Kelechi Emeteole probing from the bench, they went in search for more.
But Odah was guilty of missing two great chances within the next 10 minutes, the second bearing similarities with his first goal, but he headed over unmarked.
El-Kanemi were meanwhile woeful in overall play, so much that their first meaningful short at goal did not come until the 44th minute and Arinze Nwangwu was well wide.
Ten minutes into the second half, Rangers eventually doubled their lead. New signing, Osas Okoro made a fine run into the heart of the El-Kanemi defence and expertly found Chisom Egbuchulam whose volley left keeper George Michael helpless.
Four minutes later, the Warriors were reduced to 10 men. Dorri Suleiman was deemed as the guilty party in an altercation with Odah and was sent off by referee Francis Agbaegbu, worsening a difficult evening for the visitors.
Within seconds Rangers almost capitalised on the extra man advantage but the post denied Okoro with keeper George rooted to a spot.
The third goal eventually came through a most unusual source. Senegalese Defender Pape Sane initiated an attack from the midfield and kept running into space provided by the poor El-Kanemi defence, he exchanged passes with Okoro before hitting a low drive that beat George.
It was the stuff of strikers, not defenders, and it was the icing on the cake from a good all round display by Rangers, lifting the mood at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Fans would have noted the fine performance of new signings Okoro and Bobby Clement from Heartland.
For El-Kanemi, the performance betrayed the 4th position they occupied on the log prior to kickoff and much improvement is needed in subsequent games.
They had no shot on target all through the game and should have conceded much more than the three Rangers scored.


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