Rangers International coach Salisu Yusuf has expressed satisfaction with his side’s barren draw against Lobi Stars on Match Day 6 in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in Enugu on Sunday.
A win for the Flying Antelopes would have moved them to second spot on the NPFL standings behind new leaders Nasarawa United, but after watching Lobi Stars force his side to a goalless draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium, where they have beaten Akwa United and FC Ifeanyiubah already this season, the former Enyimba and Kano Pillars coach admitted his side lost composure in the face of a “good fight” from the 1999 league champions.
“It was okay because you know in the game of football you cannot win all games,” the former Supers Eagles assistant coach said after the draw. “And Lobi (Stars) put up a good fight here. They did very well.
“There are some lapses from our side. We deviated from the way we play. The players became jittery, they couldn’t find they rhythm throughout. So, definitely, it is going to be difficult for us to score, because there is too much excitement, too much anxiety in the game.
“But we thank God we didn’t lose, and we’ll continue to focus on the next game.”
With the draw, Rangers remain 4th on the NPFL log with 11 points from 6 matches, 3 points behind table-toppers Nasarawa United.
Up next for the 7-time NPFL champions is an away trip to Akure, where they’ll face Sunshine Stars in a Match Day 7 encounter on Sunday, 31 January.