I’m not under pressure, says Ogunbote

Ahead of their trip to Jos to face Wikki Tourists this Sunday for the second round of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote has played down talks of being under pressure to perform at the seven-time champions.

Ogunbote has led the Flying Antelopes to finish the first round in fifth place with 28 points, six behind league leaders Lobi Stars but the Rangers trainer does not appear ruffled that they trail the pacesetter as he only wants to focus on grinding out results from this Sunday.

“I am not under pressure to close the gap between us and the league leaders, Lobi Stars, because what matters is for us to perform well in the remaining matches of the league. What we need to do is just to grind out good results in the second stanza of the league because the gap between us and Lobi Stars is just five points. Five points only demands wining two matches away and that we will work towards to ensure we close the gap and brighten our chances of a continental berth,” Ogunbote told Rangers media.

The former 3SC coach described the first round of this season as “a little bit tough.”

He explained that Rangers failed to start off on a good note at the outset of this campaign and further said they have had some sorts of start-stop performance so far.

Ogunbote now believes that his men can make amends and improve on their first round performance when they begin the final phase of the season at Wikki.

“Although the first stanza was a little bit tough for us because we started very slowly and when we think we are picking up, all of a sudden, we have crisis again. Thank God we faced the difficulties early in the league so that we could make amends and actualise our dream,” he said.