Man of the Match in Rangers’ 1-nil victory over visiting Katsina United in the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 14 encounter, Seka Pascal, has dedicated his defining lone goal to his mother back home in Ivory Coast, saying he is missing her so much.
Seka struck the decider from a rebound after Katsina United’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa parried Ifeanyi George’s shot in the 17th minute of the encounter at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, “the Cathedral”, Enugu.
“I dedicate this goal to my mother. She is back home in Ivory Coast and I miss her so much,” Seka told npfl.com after the game.
“It has been tough trying to get back to scoring form but I am working hard while also trying hard to settle in at Rangers.”
The Flying Antelopes, as they are called, garnered four points from possible six against Katsina United after they picked a point in their first meeting away.
Rangers defender, Ugwu Nwadiegwu told npfl.com that they had expected and prepared against the visitors knowing they will come with a double charge to recover the deficit.
“It was a tough game and we knew it was going to be so after we forced them to share points when we visited Katsina. So we were very prepared and we thank God we got maximum points in this game,” Ugwu said.
Rangers opened with fury, earning two corner kicks from their first minute offensives. Godwin Aguda followed quickly with a thunderbolt saved by Ezenwa in the 2nd minute. He ballooned away a good chance in the 8th just as Chiamaka Madu shot off target a minute after.
The Katsina boys recovered from the early attacks to launch offensives from the 11th minute but Ugwu checked gangling Tasiu Lawal just as Roland Koffi brought down Usman Barau in the 13th minute to ward off the visitors rage before Seka did them the damage in the 17th minute.
Ezenwa was forced to a double save with both hands and legs in the 37th minute when he parried Ifeanyi George’s strike and Koffi’s rebound before the break.
Katsina returned with double charge in the second half but Tasiu’s 46th minute deep cross was headed of by Ugwu while his 59th minute effort went wide after beating both Akpos Adubi and Isiaka Oladuntoye to a header inside box.
The introduction of Sherif Bashir in place of Usule Martins gave verve to the visitors but the Rangers defense made sure there were no slips.
Rangers keeper Nana Bonsu was called to duty in the 70th minute when he had to tap the ball off the head of a dangerously positioned Suleiman Musa, easily the troublesome one of Katsina United.
Pressures from the visitors in their search for an equaliser tasked Rangers to point of losing a man as Roland Kofi bagged the red card after a second yellow. Also yellow carded in the encounter were Tasiu and Ifeanyi George.
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