Head coach of Rangers International Benedict Ugwu has promised fans of the club better performances in subsequent matches after the team was forced to a 1-1 draw against newly-promoted Adamawa United in an NPFL Match Day 2 fixture at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe.
The 2018 AITEO Cup champions began their campaign in Gombe after missing out on Match Day 1 action owing to an engagement in the CAF Confederation Cup, where they sealed their spot in the group stage of the competition with a 1-0 victory over Togolese champions, ASC Kara at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.
Ugwu’s men were on course for victory after substitute Dauda Madaki put them ahead in the 54th minute following an impressive start to the second half. The hosts, playing in their adopted home, however, denied their visitors all three points after Sadiq Lawan drew level twenty minutes after.
Speaking after the encounter, Surugede as Ugwu is fondly called, blamed the result on match rustiness, while promising improved performances from his men in future matches.
“You know, [for] some of our players, today is their first day of playing a match like this. So, it really affected us because some of them are match rusty. But, in subsequent matches, I know that they will improve.
The former Nigeria international further expressed satisfaction with the result and promised to get a better result when they return home to play their next fixture.
“A point is better than 100 goals. I thank God that we got a point in an away match. We will go back home, do our homework and face our home match.”
Rangers next face Lagos-based side MFM FC, who dropped points at home to FC Ifeanyi Ubah, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Stadium, Enugu on Sunday in a Match Day 3 clash.