NPFL Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote assures on better showing after Rivers United win Samuel Ahmadu Correspondent 09:57 2/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Shengolpix NPFL Enugu Rangers v Rivers United Enugu Rangers Rivers United The Flying Antelopes earned a slim win over the Pride of Rivers and the gaffer is assuring fans they will be better with time Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote has promised the fans that his side will make an appreciable improvement with time after Rivers United 1-0 win.Kelvin Itoya’s 59th minute strike ensured the Flying Antelopes edged past Stanley Eguma’s side to bounce back to winning ways at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.Upon the win, the tactician, who was pleased with the result and is confident they will be a delight to watch in subsequent matches this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “It was a good win for us and playing against a team that finished second in recent seasons, you can’t write them off,” Ogunbote told Goal.”I will have wished we scored four to five goals at the early start of the season but most strikers we signed are yet to hit form.”I know it is a question of time. As soon as the team gels, we will begin to score more goals.”Rivers United have always been a good side because they have won the league, Federation Cup and represented the country at continental competitions,” he noted.”For Rangers fans, I still want to ask for their understanding, knowing fully well that if a team has not really gelled, you can’t see the best of them yet.”Gradually, it is better we get three points in our home games and strive to get careless points on the road and before they know we are somewhere.”The league season is just about six-week-old and we still have about 32 games to go which is a quite number.”They shouldn’t lose their sleep except for their darling team been yet to make them happy the way they want this season.”Rangers are eighth on the league log with nine points from six matches, and they will travel to Umuahia to next face Abia Warriors on Sunday.
World Cup Modric & Croatia backed to reach World Cup semi-finals by ’98 hero Asanovic Naim Beneddra 16:30 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Croatia The former midfielder has happy memories of France 20 years ago and hopes to see a repeat in Russia Former Croatia star Aljosa Asanovic has called for the current national team to surpass the achievements of their 1998 World Cup side.Asanovic was part of the Croatia team that finished third at the World Cup 20 years ago by beating Netherlands in the play-off following a semi-final defeat by hosts France.In Russia this summer, Croatia will face Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D in a tough first-round pool, but Asanovic believes that Luka Modric et al are capable of emulating the ’98 team by reaching at least the last four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “Twenty years later, I have only happy memories of the 1998 edition of the World Cup,” Asanovic told Goal . “Memories of this beautiful adventure with a group of friends.“It was really something fabulous. It was also something unique because, you know, Croatia is only a small country. And, doing what we did, it made us all so proud, so happy. Remembering this tournament is always a pleasure.“But today, too, we have a very good team. Perhaps the best we’ve had, with big stars playing at Real, Barca and Juventus. I hope and believe that this generation will do better than us.“It’s the current selection that deserves all the attention. Pressure and expectations are very important on this team. And that’s normal because there are a lot of great players. And everyone thinks they are good enough to go very far.“And, for me, they can go at least to the semi-finals. In football, anything is possible, and every game is a new challenge. But what is certain is that we have a very strong selection.”Croatia impressed during the group stage of Euro 2016, topping Group D and even beating holders Spain in their final game before losing to eventual winners Portugal in the last 16.In qualifying for this summer’s World Cup, Croatia finished second in their group behind Iceland before easily overcoming Greece in the play-offs and Asanovic feels they are capable of troubling the bigger nations.When asked who the favourites to win the World Cup are, he replied: “There are many. I can mention Germany, France, Spain, Brazil and Argentina. And maybe Croatia will get to the level of these teams.”