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Federation Cup Final: Luck Smiles On Rangers, Narrowly Beats Kano To Emerge Champ

Rangers International of Enugu | Photo: Guardian Newspaper

Luck was on the side of Rangers International of Enugu when they narrowly beat Kano Pillars through penalty shootouts to emerge the champion of the 2018 Federation Cup.

The final of the game which was played today, Wednesday, at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State capital, saw the Pillars in control of the match.

Sai Masu Gida of the Pillars virtually had the game under control when he and his team mates raced into a three-goal lead through Rabiu Ali and Alhassan Ibrahim who gave the Kano-based side a two-goal lead in the space of 20 minutes before Nyima Nwagua increased the lead in the 48th minute.

But just the complexion of the game changed dramatically less than 20 minutes to the end of the second half after Enugu Rangers reduced the deficit in the 77th minute through Kelvin Itoya.

Gbenga Ogunbote’s men pushed harder to get the second goal through Chidera Ezeh in the 82nd minute. Ajani Ibrahim ensured the comeback was achieved in the extra time of the 90th minute.

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The game moved into penalties where Rangers were won 4-2 and were therefore crowned as champions.