By Oladipupo Mojeed
Interim head coach of Enugu Rangers Chukwuma Agbo has tasked his players to demolish visiting Gombe United when both sides face off in one of Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League games.
The champions held the Desert scorpions to a 3-3 draw in a thrilling first leg in Gombe.
Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, Agbo said his players need to score as many as 5 goals on Sunday.
“Rangers went, saw and nearly conquered but for some lapses. So, it will make full sense if we spell Gombe with goal on Sunday.
“We are not relaxing because no match is easy, the job we started in Gombe we want to accomplish it here.
Despite being 16th in the league standings after 19 games, Agbo believes Rangers could still retain the title it won last season.
“If you look at the table we are still not safe, but on the other hand, you can see that we can still retain the trophy.
“So we are not relenting as we have made up our minds to go out and win the match on Sunday,’’ he said.
Agbo recalled that the first leg encounter in Gombe did not end the way he had expected as the team had travelled determined to get the three points.
“Our match in Gombe was interesting. Yes, I decided to use the word interesting because the referee we saw in the first half changed in the second half.
“It was after the interval that Gombe canceled our 2-0 lead and scored the third goal but we were able to equalize because the players applied our philosophy of sustaining mental strength and that was why the scoreline ended 3-3.
He said the technical crew was working assiduously to balance the club’s defence and midfield.
“We are growing from strength to strength as we have started scoring goals, so we have to protect the goals because that is what makes a champion”, he said.