10-man Rangers International F.C this evening inside the ‘Soccer Temple’, Agege Township stadium, surrendered a two goal advantage over Akwa United in the last five minutes of match day 3 of 2019 NPFL Championship play-offs to end the tie 3-3.
After a barren first half that was dominated by the Enugu side who missed some scoring chances the Uyo side took the lead just three minutes into the second stanza as Cyril Olisema steeled his nerves to convert a spot kick after the referee spotted a handball incident.
The day grew from bad to worse for the ‘Flying Antelopes’ as its defense lynchpin, Isiaka Oladuntoye was shown a straight red card on 61 minutes but to their credit, the remaining players took the game to their opponent and three minutes later were on level terms as Chiamaka Madu connected home an Ugwu Uwadiegwu’ curly free kick from the edge of the box.
Michael Uchebo scored two quick goal within five minutes off assists from Bobby Clement on 68 and 73 minutes to send the teaming supporters of the club into a frenzy.
However, just few minutes to the end of regulation time, Dennis Nya ensured that the Uyo side earned a share of the spoils as he rose highest to bundle past a stranded Nana Bonsu on 87 minutes off an Mfom Udoh’ free kick while also been responsible for the back breaking equalizing goal on 90+5 minutes as he nodded in a corner kick from Cyril Olisema.