Modern Coast Rangers ahead of a past game against Palos. They beat Ushuru 3-1 on Mon 3 Apr, 2017 at the Thika Stadium to shoot to third in the 19-team NSL standings
NSL: Rangers revel in claiming Ushuru scalp
By Patrick Korir | Tue 04 Apr, 2017 08:21

After two failed attempts of trying to beat hosts Ushuru (then KRA), travelling Modern Coast Rangers (then Magongo Rangers) finally came good by handing their foes a 3-1 beating in a sixth round National Super League (NSL) game at Thika Stadium on Monday 3 April thereby bringing their unbeaten check in the season to a crashing end. 

Rangers, beaten 3-0 by Ushuru in 2011, and drawn 1-1 in 2012 were on the back foot at half time, trailing 1-0, but turned the game around in the second half with a hat trick from substitute Abdalla Mdeka. 

Also read: Bidco dishes out a walkover as Rangers shock Ushuru

The former Supa Matuga striker who was roped in the off season from third tier football to the NSL struck in the 60, 75 and in the fourth minute of added time handed Rangers their first away win from three road trips to pin an otherwise indispensable Ushuru to their first season defeat. 

Speaking to Soka, Rangers long serving team manager Ferdinand Ogot was full of praise for his team as he shared just how they brought down the side relegated from the Kenyan Premier League at the close of the 2016 season. 

"Went trailed the game 1-0 at half time as they had scored a penalty before the break. We decided to compose ourselves and counter their long and high balls with short and crisp passes and that worked in our favor as we managed to equalize and get two more from substitute Adballa Mdeka,"

"The win goes a long way as it is the first time we are winning away from home. It raises the confidence of the team and overall it denotes that our adjustments in the offseason where we reinforced our strike force is now bearing fruit,"

Looking ahead, Ogot says they have now shifted focus to their next home match against Administration Police (AP) at Mbaraki during Easter but beyond he says the team, now third in the standings with 11 points, aims to be among the best at the end of the first leg then build up on it for the second leg. 

"We now want to stay within the top five bracket then move up and consolidate our place in the top three by the end of the first leg." he said confidently. 

Rangers and right behind Wazito on goal difference and one point behind the coasting GFE 105 from Eldoret. 

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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