Sunday, March 11, 2012

NIGER TORNADOES VS RANGERS INTL WEEK 13, NIGERIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

 

The Bako Kontagora Stadium welcomed table toppers Rangers International of Enugu, in the Nigeria Premier League week 13 encounter against home team Niger Tornadoes, the game started on a positive note for the home team as they piled up pressure on their visitors, Etor Essien had the first chance of the game in the 4th minutes as he couldn’t connect a Sibi Gwar through pass. Rangers gradually clawed their way back to the game as Super Eagles man of the moment, Ejike Uzoenyi started imposing himself on the game, first his through ball set Chikeluba Ofoedu through at goal, but the youngster could not beat Goalie Ayo Segun in goal for tornadoes, then a mistake by Ariwa let him in on goal, but he could not hold his nerves.

Tornadoes also had their fair share of chances as Etor Essien missed another header as the game became a ding dong end to end affair. Rangers skipper James Okwousah was doing a wonderful job keeping Sibi Gwar quite.
Ejike Uzoenyi finally made his work rate count the 29th minute when he met a Chimaobi Chukwu lob on the half volley from all of 25 yards and the ball rested in the back of the net to give Rangers the lead. The goal spurred Tornadoes into action as they raided the Rangers goal time after time, as the attacking duo of Sibi Gwar and Etor Essien went in for the equalizer, Cyril Oriaku was having a torrid time keeping them at bay.

  The Bako Kontagora Stadium welcomed table toppers Rangers International of Enugu, in the Nigeria Premier League week 13 encounter against home team Niger Tornadoes, the game started on a positive note for the home team as they piled up pressure on their visitors, Etor Essien had the first chance of the game in the 4th minutes as he couldn’t connect a Sibi Gwar through pass. Rangers gradually clawed their way back to the game as Super Eagles man of the moment, Ejike Uzoenyi started imposing himself on the game, first his through ball set Chikeluba Ofoedu through at goal, but the youngster could not beat Goalie Ayo Segun in goal for tornadoes, then a mistake by Ariwa let him in on goal, but he could not hold his nerves.
 Tornadoes also had their fair share of chances as Etor Essien missed another header as the game became a ding dong end to end affair. Rangers skipper James Okwousah was doing a wonderful job keeping Sibi Gwar quite.
Ejike Uzoenyi finally made his work rate count the 29th minute when he met a Chimaobi Chukwu lob on the half volley from all of 25 yards and the ball rested in the back of the net to give Rangers the lead. The goal spurred Tornadoes into action as they raided the Rangers goal time after time, as the attacking duo of Sibi Gwar and Etor Essien went in for the equalizer, Cyril Oriaku was having a torrid time keeping them at bay. A Benedict Atule free kick grazed the bar in the 35TH minute and as the goal mouth melee ensued, Etor Essien looked too had headed the ball over the line but the Referee disallowed it much to the consternation of the home fans. Niger Tornadoes finally got their equalizer in the 40th minute as Chinedu swung in a free kick that Oriaku could not clear and Sibi Gwar pounced in to hit home.
 
The half time whistle was greet with a chorus of boos, as the home fans descended into the pitch from the terraces, a combined effort of the Top Tornadoes officials and Security agents was able to able to bring the situation under control. The second half didn’t produce much as Rangers were contented with sitting back and hitting Tornadoes on the counter, this almost succeeded in the 65th minute as Chinedu Sunday freed Chikeluba Ofoedu who struck the ball well and drew a fantastic save from goalkeeper Ayo in goal for Tornadoes.
 Ejike Uzoenyi could not raise his game in the second half as Tornadoes right back Benedict Atule kept him at bay. Tornadoes continued to pile the pressure as Rangers continued to hold firm, James Okwousah was yellow carded for a foul on goal bound Simon, the resultant free kick hit the upright as Rangers continued to ride their luck, the match fizzled out as a contest as Rangers were contented with packing the bus, a flurry of corner kicks in added time could not be converted by the desperate Tornadoes attackers, as the referee blew the final whistle.
STAR MAN- TORNADOES: BENEDICT ATULE
FLOP OF THE MATCH- TORNADOES – SHEHU ABDULLAHI
STAR MAN – RANGERS- JAMES OKWOUSAH
FLOP OF THE MATCH –RANGERS- CHIMAOBI CHUKWU

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