Lobi savour Rangers draw

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @Ngob­ua­david

De­spite se­ri­ous in­juries sus­tained by their goal­keep­ers in the match against Rangers FC on Satur­day, Lobi Stars have con­tin­ued to savour the 1-1 draw against the ‘Fly­ing An­telopes’ at the Nnamdi Azikiwe sta­dium.

Lobi Stars goal­keeper Oke­mute Odah was badly in­jured in the first half and John Lawrence who re­placed him was also given a kick in the face lead­ing to se­ri­ous bleed­ing in his nose.

He, how­ever, man­aged to keep through­out the re­main­ing min­utes of the ten­sion soaked en­counter and also en­sured that Lobi left Enugu with a point.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, Lobi Stars inspirational mid­fielder, Raphael Ayagwa said it was a bat­tle that re­quired shed­ding of blood but Lobi stood their ground to get the im­por­tant draw.

He said im­me­di­ately af­ter Kings­ley Eduwo equalised for Lobi, Sun­day Ak­leche was given a red card but that did not dis­or­gan­ise their game plan.

Ayagwa main­tained that when they were a man down, they had to up their game to make up for the miss­ing man in their fold.

“It was a bloody day for us in Enugu. It took real guts and courage for us to get the away point. Rangers did ev­ery­thing to stop us.

“Our goal­keep­ers were badly in­jured and a red card was awarded against us but that did not de­ter us. We stuck to our game plan.

“We were mo­ti­vated by the draw Iko­rodu United recorded against us in Makurdi. We felt strongly that if a strug­gling side like Iko­rodu could hold us, we should also be able to hold Rangers. If not for the rain that dis­turbed us, we were go­ing beat­ing Rangers in front of their fans,” he said.

Lobi Stars had beaten Rangers 1-0 in the first round match played at the Aper Aku sta­dium.

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