- Published on Monday, 15 May 2017 11:54
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By Janefrances Nweze
Rangers International FC mid-season signing, Ifeanyi George believes there is still a great deal of chance for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title holders to fight for honours despite their poor start to the season.
George even holds a mathematically unrealistic optimism that the club can still retain title in the current season.
The Flying Antelopes sit in 16th position on the log, a whooping 12 points behind leaders, Plateau United.
Speaking to npfl.ng, George remarked that the quality of players in the team does not reflect their standing on the log insisting Rangers deserve to be in a better position.
He said: "Most times when I look at the crop of players in the squad, I don't know but it feels bad to see the team in that position.
"I think subsequently the team will do better in the second stanza."
Betraying a hunger to achieve success with Rangers, George declared that he joined the club to help fight for honours.
"Rangers have brought us in to strengthen the squad and now the team can go into every match with a level of confidence that we can do it, either home or away.
“In the second round we have a target that before we play like five games the team would have moved up," George told npfl.ng.
"Rangers have always been a team I love. When I was leaving Enyimba to Rangers I had it at the back of my mind that I am coming to be a plus. When I was coming I had it at the back of my mind to win titles for Rangers."
The forward who missed the major part of the first stanza due to documentation issues has scored two goals in five games since he was registered in the mid-season transfer window.
Responding to a question on his new target for the team as the title appears elusive, George maintained that the team can still fight for the title in the remaining 19 games of the second stanza.
"I don't think it's impossible. I think it's still possible to win the title. We have 19 matches in the second round and most especially the Federation Cup is also a possibility.
“We need to play well in the Federation Cup. I think we will go far in the Federation Cup. I have it at the back of my mind that I have to help the team this season," he said.
The Flying Antelopes ended the first stanza with a 3-3 draw against Gombe United in Gombe.
They will kick start the second stanza with a reverse fixture against the Savannah Scorpions on May 21, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
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