By Abiola Shodiya

The Nigeria Professional Footbal League (NPFL) defending champions’, Enugu Rangers’ Coach, Imama Amapkakabo, has cautioned critics not to judge his team by their current early season performance.

Imama, who guarded Enugu Rangers to her first league title in 32 years last season, said this after his team suffered its 5th consecutive defeat away from home in the NPFL week 15 fixtures.

The result left Rangers rock bottom of the league table, albeit with three outstanding fixtures for the defending champions.

Imama Amapakabo also serves as the Assistant Super Eagles Coach
Imama Amapakabo also serves as the Assistant Super Eagles Coach

“We played and lost a game which we’re not supposed to have lost. It’s one of those things that happen on the road in Nigerian football”. Our opponents were not a bad team, but I think on a good day, we’ll would have done better. I think today wasn’t our day”.

He further questioned why people are quick to judge his team without fair comparison.

“We have three outstanding games but people judge our standing by not giving us equal standing with other teams. Every other team has played three more games than us; so, if you add, give or take, six points to what we have now, then I think we will be at the middle of the table,” explained Imama.

Enugu Rangers has struggled to recreate the form that saw them win the NPFL title last season. The club crashed out of the CAF Champions League and are now rock bottom of the NPFL.


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