Imama Amapakabor, an assistant coach with Rangers of Enugu, has lamented the team’s disappointing outing during a week five league game with Dolphins FC of Port Harcourt.
He said it was disappointing that his side has not scored any goal in their last three games, especially as they had a lot of rookie players that need to be encouraged.
A 32nd minute penalty converted by Ifeanyi Egwim gave Dolphins a 1-0 win over Rangers at the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium on Wednesday.
Kalu Orji had handled the ball when Jonathan Zikiye whipped a cross into the box from the left and the referee wasted no time pointing to the spot before Egwim finished it off.
It is his second goal against his former club since he joined Dolphins from Rangers four seasons ago.
Stanley Eguma had kept faith with the team that played in Akure against Sunshine Stars on Sunday, making only one change- Jonathan Zikiye for Kingsley Ashu. However, it seemed fatigue set in on the players towards the middle of the second half as the visitors completely dominated play.
This forced Dolphins to make three changes, Omoh Johnson for Ifeanyi Egwim who seemed injured, Tijani Adamu for Ayo Saka in the 70th minute and later, Hope Fiberesima for Chiwendu Ali.
Chigozie Agbim stopped Dolphins from making it 2-0 when he stretched full length to tip to safety a cross from Victor Alegbe. After that it was one way traffic for the visitors.
Rangers had a chance to draw level in the last minute of added time when substitute, Emmanuel Eze, beat the Dolphins’ offside trap and with just Sunday Rotimi to beat, but he put the ball wide.
This win against Rangers is Dolphins first in the league since October 22, 2014 when they beat Nembe City 6-0 in Port Harcourt.
John Apollo, coach of Dolphins, described it as a tough game, saying fatigue from the game against Sunshine Stars affected his players in the second half.
“Rangers were good but we came out victorious,” Mr. Apollo said. “We kept the bulk of the team from the Sunshine game for today to show we believe in them and hope we can get the from them by giving them more time together.”
Week Five Full results
FC Taraba 0-1 Enyimba
Heartland 0-1 Abia Warriors
Gabros 2-0 Lobi Stars
Giwa 4-0 Akwa United
El-Kanemi 1-0 Sunshine Stars
Shooting Stars 2-0 Kwara United
Wikki 1-0 Warri Wolves
Dolphins 1-0 Rangers
Nasarawa United 2-1 Kano Pillars