Nigeria Professional Football League. Matchday 31 FC Ifeanyi Ubah v Rangers Int’l
Ifeanyi Ubah Intl Stadium Nnewi
Referee: Olayemi Olatunbosun (Ogun)
*FCIU welcome back Elu Wilson and Alberico Da Silva from illness and injury while Ezenwa Ikechukwu and Adeshina Gata Ismaila return from NPFL All Stars
FC Ifeanyi Ubah will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Rangers International on Wednesday at the Ifeanyi Ubah International Stadium, Nnewi in the top match of the NPFL week 31 round of fixtures.
The Anambra Warriors who are yet to loose at home this season will be hoping to close the gap between themselves and the league leaders who are eight points ahead of them going into these round of fixtures and head coach Rafael Everton believes that his team are very motivated to get all three points.
“Tomorrow is a big match, Rangers are a very good team, and I love when my team plays big teams. Tomorrow is a direct confrontation, at this point we are just 8 points from them, so a won tomorrow puts us back into the title race and that’s where we want to be.”
The Brazilian tactician went on to declare that his team will be ready to counter the Rangers attack line and midfield.
“I have watched a lot of Rangers videos and they are a formidable side. They are very good on the counter attack, and their wingers are very fast. However, we have prepared well for the game and we will counter them and be aggressive too because we are playing at home”
Everton also confirmed that 4 FCIU players, Gata, Elu, Alberico and Ezenwa are back and will feature in tomorrow’s match.
‘These are very important players and am happy to have them back. These are four exceptional players and they return with their morals up, especially Gata and Ezenwa who were impressive during the NPFL All Stars Tour of Spain. They will definitely play a big role tomorrow.”
Also speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Oriental derby is goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
Ezenwa who is returning to the side after missing the 2-0 away defeat to Plateau United because he was away with the NPFL All Star team believes that FC Ifeanyi Ubah are mentally ready for the game and will cone out victorious.
“Tomorrow is a big chance for us to close the gap between Rangers and us, the boys know what is at stake, and we are fully focused, we will fight hard and we will get the victory.”
FC Ifeanyi Ubah have lost only one of its last eleven matches in all competitions.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah are yet to lose at home this season, in fact since returning to the NPFL, only Wikki Tourists have taken beaten the Anambra Warriors at home although the match was played in Oba not Nnewi.
FC Ifeanyi Ubah have been enjoying a good run against Rangers International of late, losing only one of its last three fixtures against the Enugu based side. The sole defeat came in the reverse fixture in Enugu where the Anambra Warriors lost 1-0.