- Published on Saturday, 22 July 2017 18:51
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By Promise Etim
From emerging champions last season, their first in 32 years, Rangers International have found themselves struggling to retain a slot in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) from the start of this season which now has just eight games to wrap up the campaign.
Lying in 14th place on the log and hanging precariously above the drop zone, players and officials of the club are now united in the bid to rescue the club from going down.
They made good the resolve with a 2-0 win over second-placed MFM of Lagos in their last match at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in midweek.
But the fate of the Enugu side hinges on the next eight matchdays, which could see them remain in the top flight or settle for the lower division next season.
Rangers coach Chukwuma Agbo understands the situation his team are faced but exudes a rich measure of confidence that his side can beat the drop despite their current struggles.
Agbo in a chat with npfl.ng ahead of their weekend's fixture in Ilorin against ABS FC, hopes to build on their midweek result and ease his side's relegation worries.
"We cannot afford to slip at this moment. Our next game (against ABS) is very crucial to the team. We need to consolidate on the victory against MFM.
"It will be tough in Ilorin, by virtue of the status of both teams, but we will do our best to keep the momentum. I have said it on various occasions and I will say it again, Rangers is not a candidate for relegation. We will do everything possible to maintain our status in the top flight. This is our priority for now," he concluded.
Goals from Chiamaka Madu and Ifeanyi George helped the Flying Antelopes to a 2-0 won against Nasarawa United in midweek.
Agbo's side face ABS at the Ilorin Township Stadium, in one of 10 Matchday 31 fixtures slated for Sunday.
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