Rangers coach, Imama Amapakabo has expressed disappointment over his side’s collapse in the 3-1 loss to Rivers United at Yakubu Gowon formerly known as the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium in the week 14 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Amapakabo struggled to come to terms with his side’s defeat but stated that his players ‘gifted’ their host the win.
“We got it wrong. Our turnover rate was so high today and psychologically, maybe (my players) were not in it.
“When a team starts to function like that, it’s worrisome.
“There was a time (during the game) when we had a gulf between the attack and the midfield and it’s always a problem when there is no link.
“We also gifted them the second and third goals. We tried to fight back but it’s always hard trying to come back from three goals down,” Amapakabo told Rivers United Media.
United’s technical manager, Stanley Eguma also spoke after the win.
Eguma hoodwinked the opposition by starting right back, Ihunda as his main striker, a move which reaped rich dividends in the end.
“When I realized that all of my strikers were unavailable, I decided to detail Ihunda as the main striker because I knew he could do a good job.
“He did not disappoint but everyone in the team played well.
“Like I will always say, nobody at Rivers United is getting carried away because we have achieved nothing this season.
“We know what our objectives are and we will continue to work harder to achieve it,” he said.
Rangers stay top of the standings with 27 points from 14 matches despite the defeat in Port Harcourt while United moved up to sixth with 22 points from 14 matches.