Enugu Rangers defeated a wasteful Akwa United 3-2 in a Week 27 game of the Nigeria Premier League played on Saturday in Uyo.
A miscommunication in Akwa’s defense saw Harrison Ibukun gave a back pass to an on-rushing goalkeeper Kayode Olufemi who failed to get hold of the ball to gift Rangers their first goal in the 3rd minute.
After failing to convert numerous chances in most part of the first half, Akwa United drew level when Friday Ubong’s well-taken cross met a rightly-positioned Fortune Omoniwari in the 45th minute.
After the break, Akwa United came out determined to make their home fans happy, but it was Rangers who took the lead again, and this time, Chisom Egbuchulam made it happen.
Ranger extended the lead to 3-1 before Akwa cancelled a goal in added time to reduce their deficit, as referee Ibrahim Umar sounded the final whistle.
The result now takes Rangers to the top of the table with 46 points from 26 games.
Akwa Utd XI vs Rangers #AKWRAN: 30. Kayode Olufemi 5. Connou Paterne 31. Kodjovi Dadzie 29. Chinedu Ike Brandon 11. Harrison Ibukun 35. Godspower Igudia 7. Friday Ubong 20. Yusuf Adio 9. Fortune Omoniwari 10. Aniekan Ekpe 26. Cyril Olisema
Subs: 18. Bassey Akpan 3. Chigozie Emmanuel 15. Emmanuel Ariwa 34. Alhassan Dhosso 14. Amaechi Orji 25. Augustine Candy 19. Kufre Ebong.
Akwa Utd vs Rangers XI #AKWRAN: 25. Nana Bonsu 2. Etim Matthew 26. Chidiebere Okolie 13. Christian Madu 22. Kalu Orji 12. Chibuzor Madu 33. Tope Olusesi 6. Obinna Nwobodo 9. Ocheme Edoh 19. Godwin Aguda 11. Chisom Egbuchulam
Subs: 1. D’Jehani Nguesan 18. Okey Odita 29. Togaba Komlan 8. Enete Chebem 23. Nnamdi Anyasodo 24. Charles Agbo 4. Chimezie Amanfor
🏁 Ibrahim Umar
🚩1: S.O. Toyin
🚩 2: Mahmud Sarakat
4TH: Udoh Emmanuel