The league body has handed the Bauchi Elephants appropriate disciplinary measures after they assaulted match officials and their visitors in Bauchi
The League Management Company has slammed a three-match closed doors ban and 2.250 million naira fine on Wikki Tourists for fans’ violence against Enugu Rangers.
Despite the arrest of three alleged culprits over the Week 33 incident in Bauchi, the LMC announced its sanctions after thorough investigations.
Wikki’s fine include compensation of the attacked match officials and bearing the cost of repairs for the damaged Flying Antelopes’ bus.
In a statement, the LMC said: “Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.
“The club was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.
It continued: “For the encroachment of the Supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.
“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the Supporters.
“The LMC noted however that Wikki Tourists management has fully cooperated with investigations leading to the apprehension and on-going prosecution by the Police, of some of the alleged culprits.”
As opponents of Barcelona FC coined “No mercy for Messi”, so did the slogan, “Mehalla will see Wahala”, was chanted by fans of Rangers in 1975 when Mehalla FC of Egypt came to Enugu for a return match after defeating Rangers 3 – 1 in Cairo. Did Mehalla see wahala? Find out.
In 1975, just a year after emerging as the double Champions in Nigeria Challenge Cup and National League, Rangers International Football Club hit Africa Club Cup Competition with a killer instinct. In its first match against the Accra Great Olympics, March 1975, Rangers defeated the Ghana team 2 – 0 in Accra Ghana; with Nigerian player, Christian Madu, who played for the Ghanaians, harassing Rangers throughout the match.
Two weeks later, in Lagos, Rangers stamped their authority over the Ghanaians by defeating them 2 – 1 through Alex Nwosu and Kenneth Abana with the visitors’ only goal scored by Christian Madu. Of course, Rangers “conscripted” Madu from Accra Great Olympics after the Match in Lagos and he was not allowed to go back to Ghana. He joined Rangers after the Lagos second leg match!
In the second round match against Young Africans of Tanzania, played on May 10 at the National Stadium Lagos, Ernest Okonkwo, the legendary radio Commentator had this to say of the match: “This is unbelievable….I cannot believe that Rangers that out played and outscored Great Olympics of Ghana last month is finding it difficult to score this Tanzania team.”
The match ended goalless in Lagos. Rangers prepared for the return leg in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania, by staying put in Lagos instead of flying back to Enugu. In the return leg, two weeks later, Rangers played 1 – 1 draw with their hosts in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania with ex-Nigeria Academic player, Alex Nwosu, scoring for Rangers. Thus, Rangers progressed on away goal advantage.
In the Quarter Finals, Rangers defeated Green Buffaloes of Zambia, a predominantly military team on 4 – 3 aggregate having drawn 2 – 2 in Lusaka, Zambia, earlier on September 14th 1975. Rangers FC equalizer after trailing 2 – 1 up to two minutes to go was so dramatic and unbelievable. “I collected a pass from my skipper and ran through the left flank ending on the corner flag and pulling the ball into the eighteen, which Stanley Okoronkwo nodded in for the equalizer”, said Francis Nwosu, the dogged Rangers left full back. In the second leg, in Lagos, Rangers came from behind after conceding an early goal to defeat the Zambians 2 – 1 and moved to the semi-finals against Mehalla F.C. of Egypt.
In the first leg of the semifinals, Rangers travelled to Cairo, Egypt, to confront Mehalla FC and the match was moved to the club’s home where they walloped Rangers 3 – 1. In that epoch match, only one woman was in the field: Mrs. Julie Alale. It was alleged that it was the presence of Madam Rangers that helped Rangers to score a goal. “The Mehalla FC Supporters were said to be fetish and had banned women from coming to the match. However, they could not stop Madam Rangers from entry into the field and that spoilt their charm” was the submission of Rangers Supporters Club member, the late Mr. Robinson Okpara, known as “Jagua nana”.
The truth, however, is that the Rangers officials, prior to the match, had virtually no knowledge about Mehalla FC. In that country, especially in that environment, women hardly mix up with men in public gathering. Secondly, Rangers greatest goalkeeper, Emma Okala, had developed some eye problem on the eve of the match. Ogidi Ibeabuchi was also said to have been slightly indisposed. The match ended in the tragic 3 – 1 whipping of Rangers. Whatever, Rangers lost the match 3-1 in Mehalla. Rangers returned to Enugu, pleaded with NFA to move the return leg to Enugu where they roasted Mehalla 3 – 0, and qualified for the finals.
Madam Rangers: Madam Rangers is Rangers and Rangers is Madam Rangers
Mrs. Julie Alale stands alone as the first nationally recognized female supporter of a major Nigerian football club. She deserves special mention in the history of Nigeria’s football. Mrs. Alale was flamboyant and notable everywhere she went with the club….That Mrs. Alale would be identified with the club was not by happenstance. The club’s history, closely associated with the Nigerian Civil War, mirrors Mrs. Alale’s involvement with Rangers.
She was the wife of Mr. Philip Alale, a trade unionist who was commissioned as a major in the Biafran Army before he was indicted for treason and executed. Mrs. Alale was then detained for a good part of the war…but her spirit endured. It was not surprising then that she was the only lady among the various persons who met to establish the club at the end of the war on January 29, 1970. She had endured in her personal challenges and the Rangers club represented that spirit of endurance.
Mrs. Alale was to serve as the club’s Welfare Officer. She travelled with the club all over Africa. Some of these trips were made to difficult places but she was always easily recognizable as “Madam Rangers” with her usual hat to match her outfit….Ike Onwubuya
The most unforgettable of Mrs. Alale’s travels was to Cairo against Mehala in 1975. Women, at that time, were scarcely seen in public places without covering their face with the hijab, let alone in a stadium. The Egyptians would have none of Mrs. Alale’s intent to be at the stadium for the game. She was harassed and threatened but she insisted, and with the support of the Nigerian delegates, Madam Rangers stood shoulder high as the only lady among thousands of fans who packed the Cairo Stadium to watch Rangers confront Mehalla. It was a triumph of spirit and commitment. It was a spirit that saw her through the death of her husband, Philip, the detentions in Biafra, and then the challenge of the cultural police in Cairo. It was the spirit of Julie ‘Madam Rangers’ Alale!
More tributes are still pouring in for the late coach Kelechi Emeteole who gave up the fight against throat cancer on Wednesday. This time, his former player, Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda, whose career at the Flying Antelopes was made possible by ‘Caterpillar’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Aguda has expressed sadness on the death of the one-time Heartland, El Kanemi and Enyimba coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“I couldn’t hold back the tears when I heard about his death. He influenced me a lot on and off the field and it is not easy to forget that kind of man.
“Emeteole signed me two years ago, in April 2015 and I was close to him. We will miss him,” Aguda added in an emotion-laden voice.
On Wednesday, the midfielder wrote a heart-felt tribute to Emeteole on his Facebook.
“The man dat God also used to give light in my career. I will 4ever remember you Kelechi Emetole A.K.A Nigeria Caterpillar.
The Flying Antelopes secured an impressive point on the road in their previous match, and the striker claims the result has done wonders for the squad’s mentality
Enugu Rangers forward, Ifeanyi George says the reigning Nigerian champions are very confident heading into their next Nigerian top flight encounter, following a 1-1 draw away to El Kanemi Warriors.
The Flying Antelopes have struggled in 2017 after they broke a 32-years jinx to lift the league trophy.
“I thank God for the point earned in our mid-week match against El-Kanemi Warriors and I know that result has helped boost the confidence of the team,” George told Goal.
“We were able to pick up a point where nobody believed it was possible to do so because El Kanemi Warriors have won all their home games since 2016.
“I can tell you that the result from that match has helped our belief more and the spirit of the team is so high. We know that we are going all out for more points to improve on our position in the league table.
“I think with the inclusion of me and some new players to beef up the team has helped the team a lot, but we know that we have to bring the team back to the top of the table, so we urge our fans to keep supporting us like they have been doing and we promise we shall always give our best to make them proud.”
The Flying Antelopes’ striker has praised their fans and supporters for not disrupting their home tie with the Desert Scorpions on Sunday.
Enugu RangersEtor’ Daniel has commended their fans for remaining very calm and orderly throughout their league tie with Gombe United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as they shunned the call for reprisal attacks on the Desert Scorpions for the incident in Pantami Stadium two weeks ago.
Etor stated that they appealed to their fans and supporters to comport themselves and show the hospitality of Enugu people to Gombe United in spite of what happened to them in Gombe and he was relieved that they listened to them and allowed the game to flow throughout its duration.
“It was not an easy task calming the fans down because they actually wanted to avenge what happened to some of us in Gombe but we were able to appeal to them to sheathe their swords knowing that a reprisal attack will have dire consequences on us in terms of fine and point deductions,” Etor told Goal.
“It was even more difficult to speak to the fans judging by the fact that Gombe United scored first in the 15th minute and were almost going into the halftime with the 1-0 lead before we managed to get the equalizer through Godwin (Aguda). We waited patiently and we were rewarded with the second goal in the dying moments of the match.”
The home win ensured that the Flying Antelopes moved to 14th on the league table with 26 points from 20 games ahead of their weekend tie with Abia Warriors in Umuahia.