From emerging champions in the last season, their first in 32 years, Rangers International have found themselves struggling to retain a slot in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) from the start of the season which now has just eight games to wrap up the campaign.
Lying 14th on the log and hanging precariously above the drop zone, players and officials of the club are now united in the bid to rescue the traditional club from going down.
They made good the resolve with a 2-0 win over second placed MFM of Lagos in their last match at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Wednesday.
But the fate of the Enugu side hinges on the next eight Match days, which could see them remain in the top flight or settle for the lower division next season.
Coach Chukwuma Agbo understands the situation his team is faced but exudes a rich measure of confidence that his side can beat the drop despite their current struggles.
Agbo in a chat with npfl.ng ahead of their weekend’s fixture in Ilorin against ABS, expressed hopes to build on the midweek result and plough his side comfortably from relegation waters.
“We cannot afford to slip at this moment. Our next game (against ABS) is very crucial to the team. We need to consolidate on the victory against MFM.”