Rangers International Football Club of Enugu on Wednesday defeated Kano Pillars FC 1-0 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 11 fixture in Enugu.
Chinonso Eziekwe scored the only goal of the match in the 70th minute to send the home fans into wild jubilation.
Speaking after the match, Rangers’ Assistant Coach, Mbwas Mangut, expressed joy over the outcome of the match.
Mangut said the match was tough, but they were grateful to God that they won.
He said: “We prepared well for this match because it is one of the matches that we should be winning.
“No doubt, the match could have gone either way as lots of chances were missed by the two teams, but we were lucky to have converted one.
“But we should have sealed the win before the interval.”
Kano Pillars FC’s coach, Ibrahim Musa, on his part said his team played better than their hosts and blamed his players for missing lots of scoring opportunities.
Musa said: “Our target was to win this match and we created up to six to seven scoring chances, but we did not convert them.
“Football is all about scoring, but we could not score and our opponents scored.
“So, we need to work hard next time if we want to score.
“Now we have to go back to the drawing board and work on our finishing because we have to combine communication with finishing.
“Rangers are a good team, but you cannot compare Rangers with Kano Pillars here because this is Rangers’ home.”
Musa said his team created scoring chances more than their hosts and were supposed to win the match, only to be let down by finishing.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the win lifted Rangers to 16th from 17th on the log, with 23 points after 17 matches.
Kano Pillars however dropped to the 9th position with 27 points after 19 matches.