Maikaba critical of Rangers mentality despite escaping defeat in Ibadan

Maikaba critical of Rangers mentality despite escaping defeat in Ibadan

Rangers International manager, Abdul Maikaba said he’s not impressed with how his side switched off after taking the lead against 3SC in Ibadan on Wednesday night.

The Flying Antelopes managed to leave the Lekan Salami Stadium with a point as the oldest NPFL rivalry ended in a 1-1 draw.

Ikechukwu Eboko beat Charles Tembe in goal for the home side in added-on time of the first period after he was fed by Kenechukwu Agu.

The hosts, however leveled the game, twelve minutes into the second period, Chinedu Enuademu reacted well as some slack defending gave him enough room to run onto an Akilu Mohammed’s defense splitting pass.

Shooting Stars dominated the game, after the equaliser, but the visitors hang on for a point, thanks to solid defending from the quartet of Tope Olusesi, Bala Akintunde, David Chimezie, and Olawale Doyeni who dug deep to contain the host’s frontmen led by Sunday Faleye and Chinedu Enuademu.

Coach Abdul Maikaba of Rangers said after the fixture, the results would have been worse for his team, despite taking the lead.

“It was a good game that we should have won but my players panicked a bit and conceded the equalizer.”

“It would have been worse for us but for the timely substitutions made to contain the opponents.”

“We keep working on the team and hopefully, we shall soon get back to winning ways.”

With the result, Rangers has dropped to the 5th position with 25 points from 16 matches.

Rangers will play Gombe United in a matchday 17 encounter at their adopted home ground of F.C Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Nnewi on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

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