Rangers Vs Gombe United: Our Position Does Not Justify The Ambition This Season – Maikaba
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By Amaechi Agbo
Rangers International FC of Enugu coach, Abdul Maikaba have disclosed that the position of the club on the current Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL table does not justify the club’s ambition in the league season, www.bestchoicesports com.ng can report.
Maikaba who stated this on Friday ahead of Rangers clash with Gombe United matchday 17 this Saturday in Nnewi, said the seven-time champions’ target is to pick the maximum points from the game.
“Gombe United is a team with character and we respect them but our target in this match remains the three points at stake. We appreciate the fact that we have lost vital points at our adopted home ground in the past but we have put that experience behind us and focused on doing the needful to annex all points at stake in this fixture.
“We have dropped to the level we know is not good for our ambitions this season so, we need to get our strategies right in this encounter and get our set target back on track. Yes, I appreciate the fact that we have some injury worries in the team but we have capable replacements for this match,” the former Plateau United gaffer states after the club’s training at their temporarily adopted ground at the FC Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Nnewi Anambra State.
Coming from a hard-fought 1-1 draw in the oldest club rivalry encounter, midweek, in Ibadan against 3SC, the ‘Flying Antelopes’, will ambush visiting ‘Savannah Scorpions’, Gombe United F.C and neutralize its sting.
The encounter which is re-scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2022, will happen at the F.C Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium, Ozubulu Road, Nnewi with kickoff fixed for 16.00 hours.
With only two points and four spots separating both sides on the twenty team log, as Rangers occupy the 5th spot with 25 points and Gombe United placed 9th with 23 points, soccer fans are assured of quality football on display from both sides as envisaged by Rangers’ gaffer, coach Abdul Maikaba.
Rangers is going into the encounter with one loss, two victories and three draws in six matches while the visitors had 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss in same number of games
Both teams have met 16 times in recent clashes with Rangers emerginh victorious in seven of them while five victories went to Gombe United as four ended in draws.
The last two fixtures were in the 2017 season with Rangers smiling away with a 2-1 win on May 21, 2017, and 3-3 draw on May 10, 2017, in Gombe.