Rangers takes over Nigeria Premier League

Enugu Rangers on Friday night shot to the top of the Nigeria Premier League table after they defeated regional rivals, Abia Warriors 2-1 in a match day 26 fixture decided at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

Rangers toppled Wikki Tourists at the summit of the table with 43 points from 25 matches, a point more than the Bauchi-based side that will however, face Warri Wolves today in Warri.

The homers were more positive particularly in the first half which aided their victory, while Abia Warriors attack despite boasting Chisom Chikatara and Michael Olaha lacked any sharpness.

Nigeria junior international, Obinna Nwobodo put Rangers in front after 15 minutes, when he fired past goalkeeper John Gaadi from an acute angle on the left flank.

The Flying Antelopes doubled their lead in the 35th minute, when Chisom Egbuchulam tucked away a penalty after the referee adjudged skipper Austin Obaroakpo to have handled the ball inside his vital area. It was Egbuchulam’s 10th goal of the season.

After several saves by Rangers Ghanaian goalkeeper, Nana Bonsu, Olaha pulled a goal back for the Abia Warriors on the stroke of full time.

In first half stoppage time, Rangers striker, Bobby Clement saw his effort from inside the box come off the foot of the post.