Enugu, April 16, 2019 Football enthusiasts in Enugu on Tuesday warned Rangers FC on committing unnecessary mistakes against visiting Lobi Stars of Makurdi in the abridged Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Wednesday.
The match against Lobi Stars FC on April 17 is one of their outstanding matches in the ongoing NPFL season.
Some of the enthusiasts, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Tuesday, said they see Lobi Starts as a big club that could spring surprises on a good day.
Ignatius Okpara, the secretary, Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Enugu chapter, said that he was not entertaining fear about Rangers not being able to defeat Lobi Stars.
“Rangers is in form and can defeat any club at the moment, their recent away victories should give them an edge over Lobi Stars.
“Although Lobi is a good club and they too have what it takes to get a good result in Enugu, I remember what they did in Asaba during the Super Cup.
“What Rangers need to do is to avoid mistakes at the back and the strikers need to be clinical in front of the goal because chances will surely come,” he said.
Chika Mbah, a core supporter of the club said that Lobi Stars was a very good team that could wreck any team on a good day.
“We need not to commit errors in that match and the Lobi Stars I saw and watched their game at Asaba during the Super Cup are too good to look down on.
“Last season, Lobi Stars did a terrible thing to us that left my heart broken but come Wednesday, it will be a different ball game.
“Lobi Stars will confront a rejuvenated Rangers, I only ask them for one thing.
“Our defenders should watch it and avoid silly mistakes and they should remain alert for the 90 minutes and never lose concentration,” he said.
Mbah called on the strikers to stand up and be counted in the match by doing the needful and with such the rest would be history.
Star Plus coach, Anistar Izuikem, said that Rangers would not lose the match going by their recent performance in the league.
“Lobi defeated Rangers at last season’s Super Cup competition but the continental competition and constant league matches has sharpened the players.
“No doubt, Lobi is a good club and it is going to be explosive but at the end, the Flying Antelopes will overcome.
“As a coach, Rangers has a lot working for them, their supporters, familiarity with their pitch, and their recent understanding of each other,” he said.
Similarly, Enugu State boxing coach, Blaise Ude, said that he expected Rangers to win the match with hard work.
“Rangers is our club and we always want them to win and I give it to them because they are doing well at the moment,” Ude said.
He called on the players to approach the match with the determination to win.