Rangers International FC wins NPL for the seventh time

Rangers International FC wins NPL for the seventh time

Rangers claimed the league title yesterday after 32 years wait. It was their seventh title as they equaled the seven-time record achieved in the 2014/2015 by Enyimba of Aba. Rangers last night beat El Kanemi Warrior of Maiduguri 4-0 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. The win took them to 63 points from 38 matches, three ahead of challengers Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt.

River United beat Akwa United of Uyo at home 2-1 to end up in second place. Struggling Lagos-based MFM FC escaped relegation by defeating visiting Ifeabyi Uba of Nnewi 1-0 at the Agege Stadium. The Rangers victory was marred by a serious leg injury to  Ifeanyi Egwim. Egwim, who replaced Ocheme Edoh in the 83rd minute, was bearing down on goal in the 88th minute, when he was brought down.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that goalkeeper Yekeen Kazeem, who was exposed, having been defenceless, advanced on him and fell the towering forward. As referee Ferdinand Udoh pointed at the penalty kick spot and handed the goalkeeper a red card, Egwim’s two teammates who ran towards him to bring him up started crying. Other players who ran to the spot just inside the El-Kanemi Warriors box, placed their hands on their heads. Even Referee Udoh could not bear to look further, and his gestures thereafter showed the extent of the injury. Read more

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