Head coach of Rangers International F.C, Abdul Maikaba has assured the club’s teeming followers that his wards were in Okigwe, Imo state, the venue of the last but one ‘Oriental Derby’ of the 2021/2022 NPFL fixture against Abia Warriors with their eyes set on consolidating on new found winning mentality in the squad.
After the mandatory feeling of the Okigwe Township Stadium pitch, Saturday, June 4, 2022, under the scorching sun, the vastly experienced gaffer stated that even when the pitch is not in the best shape, he was positive about getting a good result at the end of the re-arranged match day 32 fixture that will kick off by 2.00 P.M on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
“The playing surface we trained this afternoon is not in its best shape but that is where other teams that have visited have been playing and we are prepared to put in our best and come out with our heads held high. We need to get our acts together now rather than later in the season to ensure that our target of a continental ticket is achieved. Abia Warriors are a good side but I believe we are physically and mentally prepared for this match. I just hope that the boys will be able to come up the scale, psychologically to brush aside the hangover of our last outing in Jos,” stated the widely traveled coach.
Also speaking ahead of the encounter, Israel Abia, who rejoined the team after his loan deal to a Saudi Arabian side ended, said, “Abia Warriors may have lost their last two matches on the road to put them under some pressures but we have our work cut out here in Okigwe which is to grab the maximum points at stake and that is the resolve of the players. It will be tough as Abia Warriors deserve some respect and we shall approach the game with huge respect but with our target intact.”
Recall that in a pre-season fixture at the same venue in November of 2021, it was a barren draw while in the reverse league fixture on February 14, 2022, it was a 2-1 win for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ in Nnewi.