Rangers International FC of Enugu today, Sunday October 22nd, 2023, forced Kwara United Football Club to a one-all draw in Ilorin, in a Matchday Four encounter of the 2023-2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).
After picking up a point against River United in Port Harcourt last week, Kwara United hoped for a second win at home, but started on a shacky note, and could have conceeded an early goal.
The visitors did capitalise on Kwara United’s slow start to the game, as Kazeem Ogunleye slotted home the opening goal from a free kick in front of Kwara United’s box in the 33rd minute.
The goal seems to have woken up Kwara United from their slumber, as they increased their incursion into Rangers vital area, with goalkeeper Japhet Opubo looking good in goal, but under great pressure.
An early substitute in the second half by Kwara United, with the introduction of Ayo Adejubu for Afeez Musa increased the tempo of the game, with Kwara United firing from all cylinders, forcing goalkeeper Japhet to consistent dangerous saves, and sustaining injuries as he does.
Kwara United equalised in the 56th minute through Alao Mohammed, who was later picked as the Man of the Match, as he curved home a through pass from Captain Kabir Balogun, from a free kick.
Kwara United equally introduced Godwin Oshagbemi in place of Ikenna Offor, and Emmanuel Ogbole in place of Sadeeq Yusuf, as they intensified search for the winning goal, which Rangers defended successfully.
Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu, who was surprised by the display of Kwara United, especially in the second half, said that the one point they got in the match was like a win.
“I don’t know that Kwara United is as good as this. Their first half wasn’t good, and we failed to capitalise on that. They came out good in the second half, and to me, the draw we got here was like a win”, he said.
But for Coach Kabir Sulaiman Dogo of Kwara United, he said that Rangers were very lucky to get the draw, adding that they didn’t deserve it.
“Rangers were very lucky getting the draw. They didn’t deserve it. That’s football for you. My team is improving game by game. They are a bunch of young players, and with patience, they will keep improving.
Kwara United so far have five points from four matches, and will play away to Bayelsa United FC in the Matchday Five encounter, in continuation of the season.