FEDERATIONS CUP: Abdul Maikaba Speaks Tough, Says Plateau United Can’t Stop Rangers Ambition To Win Competition

After a dominant display by Rangers International of Enugu that earned them a 1-0 win over hard-fighting Doma United at the quarter-final stage in Akure, coach Abdul Maikaba is optimistic about making a win over his former club, Plateau United.

With the game scheduled at the Dipo Dina International Stadium, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, by 4.00 pm, the 2023 Federation Cup Semi-Final encounter between the flying Antelope and their Tin City side, is seen by many a redemption mission for both sides, after their poor league season performance that saw both team crashing out on the spot to be in the super six, with Rangers escaping from being Relegated.

In a chat before thursdays encounter, Coach Maikaba of Rangers said, “We have prepared ourselves to play against any opposition as our target remains being crowned the Federation Cup champions for the season”.

“Undoubtedly, Plateau will come out strong and determined, but my players are well-motivated to get the desired result, I believe that the way my players are responding to training and instructions, there will be no stopping us from winning the oldest club competition for the 7th time”, He added.

Head to Head, both sides have played themselves twelve times in the top flight with the Jos’ side enjoying a slight edge, after six wins as against five for the Enugu side, while one game ended in a draw.

In the just concluded NPFL 2022/2023 regular season that kept the two teams in separate groups, Rangers finished 8th on the Group B log, with 21 points from 4 wins, nine draws, and five losses scoring 16 times and letting in the same number.

But in the federations cup, Rangers have keept five clean sheets with six goals scored and one conceded in three rounds of matches.

For Plateau United who competed in Group A of the NPFL season, they came 5th with 26 points from seven wins, lost six times, and draw five games scoring 26 goals and leaking 23 in 18 matches.

In three rounds of their Federations Cup encounter, they have scored five times and conceded three.

While Rangers are responsible for the exit of Kano Pillars, F.C Ebedei, and Doma United, the Jos’ side took off the likes of Enyimba, Ingas, and Kwara United

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