Rangers International Football Club of Enugu defeated Heartland FC of Owerri 1-0, but still stand 10th on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table after 23 matches.
The victory came through a 13th minute goal from Ifeanyi George.
Heartland’s hopes of getting a good result from the match were dashed in the 52nd minute when ThankGod Ike was dismissed for a rough tackle.
Speaking after the match, Rangers’ Technical Adviser Olugbenga Ogunbote, praised his players for digging deep for the three points.
“Thank God we won because it would have been more disastrous if we had failed to win this match.
“It is a nice result because the result matters a lot than the goals, and had it been that we have been winning our home matches with 1-0 we would have been better placed than 10th in the league,’’ he said.
The coach then promised that the club would do better after the league’s resumption after the World Cup break.
“We are going to use these few weeks to put more things in order and play some friendly matches to keep the players fit,’’ Ogunbote said.
“The league is still a little bit far from being over and many matches are still to come. So, we are going to prepare well to make the state government and the supporters proud at the end of the season.
“`Never say die’ is our slogan and we are going to ensure that we finish well in the league,’’ Ogunbote said. (NAN)