Go Round 2-2 Rangers, Ogunbote, Elechi react

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A converted Chile Azu spot kick in added time ensured the Matchday 14 fixture between between Go Round FC and Enugu Rangers ended 2-2.

Rangers raced into the lead in the 8th minute when forward Ifeanyi George bent a freekick beyond Stanley Nwabili in goal for the visitors. George would go on to double Rangers’ lead in the 24th minute heading in from close range off an Ajani Ibrahim assist.

Go Round however pulled a goal back when Pointman Okon Otop scored from close range following some fancy footwork from Nelson Esor. Chile Azu converted a penalty in added time to complete the comeback for Go Round after the lively Otop was brought down in the Rangers box.

Rangers’ Coach Gbenga Ogunbote speaking post match says his team’s failure to hang on to the lead and win the match had to do with errors on their part.

“We were careless a little bit and we paid dearly for it conceding a goal just a few minutes to the end of the game,” said Ogunbote.

“Even the goal they scored, we shouldn’t have conceded it but be it as it may, it is still one point on the road and it is not a bad one,” he added.

Despite coming from behind to secure a point, Go Round Coach Ngozi Elechi however expressed disappointment that his side had failed to beat a Rangers team he feels they were better than.

“It was vital coming from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 at home. We’re happy we got a point instead of losing the game,” an animated Elechi told the press.

“I think we threw the game away because based on my assessment, I think we should have beaten Rangers.

“Considering some of the games we’ve played here and away, Rangers did not deserve to beat Go Round or even take a point.”

Elechi went on to praise his players for their effort to secure the draw after only getting two days to recover following a hard fought victory over league champions Plateau United on Thursday.

Go Round will next host MFM FC on Matchday 15 at the Krisdera Stadium while Rangers will be home to Yobe Desert Stars at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu.

 

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