Reigning AITEO Cup champions Rangers International on Wednesday extended their unbeaten run in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to seven matches after a last gasp 1-1 draw at Katsina United while Nasarawa United thrashed newly acquired Delta Force 4-1 in rescheduled matches.
After they were denied access to the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium for their mandatory official training session on Tuesday, Rangers duly paid back their hosts with a stoppage time equaliser by Ivorian star Pascal Seka to earn them a point after Eric Gwammy had given the United a 14th minute lead.
Seka’s goal preserved Gbenga Ogunbote-led Rangers unbeaten sequence including three consecutive draws away from home, keeping them in third spot ahead of Katsina United who have the same number of points as the Flying Antelopes.
In the other rescheduled game decided on Wednesday in Group B, Nasarawa United hammered Delta Force 4-1 at the Lafia Township Stadium in a rescheduled Match Day 12 encounter.
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Bala Nikyu’s United opened scoring through a 23rd minute penalty by Ibrahim Sunusi (pictured) before Anas Yusuf made it two in the 35th minute. Thomas Adesina scored his first goal for Nasarawa three minutes before the break to give them a commanding 3-0 lead going into the interval.
The hurriedly assembled Force squad did reduce the deficit twelve minutes from time through Philip Ozor but there was enough time for Mohammed Shammasu to add a fourth for the hosts in stoppage time.
The comprehensive win lifts Nasarawa from their eighth position to fifth in place of Wednesday’s victims, Delta Force. The final rescheduled game of the midweek will hold on Thursday between Wikki Tourists and Lobi Stars in Gombe.