Rangers coach Gbenga Ogunbote has saluted his players for being resilient following a come-back win over Nasarawa United in the semi-finals of the 2018 Aiteo Federation Cup.
The Flying Antelopes set up a mouthwatering final with northern heavyweights Kano Pillars on Wednesday with a 4-2 win over the Solid Miners, who had led 2-0 early on in the dramatic game.
Addulbasit Shittu and Nojeem Olukokun put the north-central side in front in the 3rd and 29th minutes respectively.
But Rangers, who last won the trophy in 1983, fought back.
Ugonna Uzochukwu scored twice. Ugochukwu Ugwuoke and substitute Ibrahim Ajani also found the back of the net to completely turn the game around.
This left Ogunbote spellbound.
“We were really stretched but I thank God we played a good game even when we were trailing by two goals. We created the chances but could not score,” the former Sharks, Shooting Stars and Enyimba coach told reporters.
“My players thereafter turned on the heat and we scored our goals.”
Rangers are aiming to win the trophy for the first time in 35 years, while Pillars, who edged Katsina United 4-1 on penalties in the other semi, are seeking their first Federation Cup, as the two sides battle for the ultimate prize on 24 October at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta state.