Rangers Coach Salisu Yussuf Attributes Defeat to Injuries

Despite extending its unbeaten run after a 1-0 win over title contenders Rivers United, Enugu Rangers Head coach Salisu Yussuf is demanding a much better performance from his team.

Despite extending its unbeaten run after a 1-0 win over title contenders Rivers United, Enugu Rangers Head coach Salisu Yussuf is demanding a much better performance from his team.

After succumbing to a third home defeat of the season to Akwa United on Sunday, Enugu rangers head coach Salisu Yussuf has attributed the defeat to the absence of key players through injury.

Yussuf who spoke to DiegwuSports after the 2-1 defeat to Akwa United lamented at the defending of his team especially the goals.

‘We gave away two soft goals today which happens from time to time in football. We were also unlucky especially with the match at 1-1. We had the chance to score but we missed it. However, I must commend Akwa United because they work very hard

‘We have some regular players that are injured and in a match like this, we needed their qualities. We hope to have them back into the team for the next game. So far managing the injuries has been tough because we have had to rotate the squad to keep the available players fresh. We are really hoping that the injured players return.’ Yussuf told DiegwuSports

However, the former Super Eagles assistant coach has urged his team to get over the defeat to Akwa United.

According to Salisu Yussuf, the team will keep fighting till the end of the season and try to push to get a continental spot.

‘We will continue to work hard and keep fighting. We cannot afford to lose concentration now. As regards the continental spots, I think we need to focus on winning as many matches as possible.’

Ndifreke Effiong and Akarandut Orok scored for Boboye’s men to secure the first-ever victory for the Promise Keepers at the Cathedral with Kenechukwu Agu scoring for Rangers.

The defeat also ended Ranger’s run of nine matches without a defeat. The Flying Antelopes will be back in action on Wednesday when it faces Kano Pillars in a rescheduled fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

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