Former players of Rangers International football Club, Enugu are planning to establish a hall of fame project for soccer icons at the cost of N500 million.
The complex will house sporting facilities, shopping mall, event centre, clinic, restaurant, guest house among others, according to former members of the club.
Disclosing this in Enugu yesterday, former Green Eagles goalkeeper, who is also Vice Chairman, Ex-Rangers International board of Trustee, Chief Emmanuel Okala, stated that the main objective of the project was to use the proceeds to cater for the welfare of the ex-players and their families.
By James Agberebi:
Nigeria Professional Football League champions Enugu Rangers have announced that they resumed on Thursday the final part of their preparation ahead of the new league season, Compleyespprtsnigeria.com reports.
The new league season kicks off Sunday, 14 January, 2017.
Players and officials arrived in Enugu on Wednesday to begin the last part of their preparation for the defence of the league title.
Meanwhile, the reigning Nigerian league champions will host Abia Warriors in their first league game of the new season.
Their next game will be away to Nassarawa United before welcoming El-Kanemi Warriors in their third game.
On the continent, Rangers will square off against Algerian side JS Saoura in the preliminary stage of the CAF Champions League.
Last season, Rangers ended 32 years wait for the Nigerian League title.
Players and officials of champions, Enugu Rangers have cried out that they are yet to know exactly where the plots of land donated to them by the state governor are located.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi donated a plot of land at “Rangers Estate” each as well as cash to Rangers after they won the league in October.
The players and officials have now come out to say they are yet to receive the cash, neither do they know where the land is located.
“My brother you are talking about documents of land at the moment, we don’t know anything about the land talk less of the location of the land,” one of players lamented
Another player added: “I am not from Enugu State, it’s football that brought me here, so I don’t know much about this area. Anyway, we are yet to be communicated where the land is.”
It is also understood the cash gift from the governor has yet to be withdrawn from Zenith Bank.
In an official statement signed by Rangers Media Director, Foster Chime, the club made it clear that Etoile have illegally poached Egbuchulam, as they are yet to reach any agreement.
“Rangers FC did not give any official permission to Chisom Egbuchulam to travel to Tunisia or approval to leave his primary area of assignment,” read the statement.
“Rangers FC officially received letter of interest on Chisom Egbuchulam which was replied and communicated to Etoile Sportive du Sahel accordingly.
“The club maintains that Chisom Egbuchulam can only be transferred for a fee of five hundred thousand dollars and still remains bonafide Rangers player till January, 2018.
“Rangers board also warns other interested clubs including Etoile Sportive du Sahel to steer clear of their player, Chisom Egbuchulam, but should open appropriate official. communications channels with Rangers Fc if interested in the player rather than circumventing the extant and stipulated NFF, CAF and FIFA rules to poach our player.
“Rangers Intl FC Enugu have already officially communicated NFF, CAF and FIFA on the stealing/poaching of their player Chisom Egbuchulam by Etoile Sportive du Sahel of Tunisia, and warned that the club is ready to invoke all means at its disposal to protect their player from this unwanton act.”
Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers have been handed a tough CAF Champions League draw, as they take on J.S Saoura of Algeria.
The first leg of the tie will be played away in Algeria, with the return leg in a fortnight in Enugu.
The winners of the tie will face former champions and this year’s finalists Zamalek in the next round.
Nigeria’s other representative Rivers United were handed a tricky tie as well, with the draw pitching them against AS Bamako of Mali.
Enugu State government on Monday honoured players and management of Rangers International Football Club for winning the 2015/2016 National Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy.
Rangers’ victory in October this year came after 32 years of unsuccessful attempts.Performing the ceremony at a capacity filled Michael Okpara Square, the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who handed a cheque of N41.5 million to the club, said the government would do all in her ability to ensure the sustenance of the feat.
Apart from the cheque, Ugwuanyi announced the award of a piece of land at Rangers Estate to every member of the club, who contributed to the victory, even as he dedicated the trophy to God almighty.
His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji (Dr.) Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar is among the dignitaries expected to attend tomorrow’s grand reception being organized by the Enugu State Government in honour of the 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League Champions, the Enugu Rangers International Football club.
The Sultan, who is a staunch fan of Enugu Rangers starting from his days in Nsukka (from 1977 to 1983) as an Army Officer has remained committed to the noble course of the club till date.
According to a statement by the Chairman of the Publicity Sub-Committee for the event, Louis Amoke, the Sultan is also expected to inaugurate some road projects executed across the state by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s administration and also visit the University town of Nsukka, where the people of the area will accord him a civic reception.
Some of the completed roads for inauguration, according to the statement, include the Nike Lake road and the Abakpa Nike road in Enugu East Local Government Area; the Post Office Roundabout- Odenigbo Roundabout- Ogurugu-Ikenga Hotel junction road and the Obechara road Junction-Umuakashi-Mechanic Village-Ikenga Hotels junction road in the University town of Nsukka.
Also speaking on the Sultan’s visit, the National Chairman of Enugu Rangers’ Supporters Club, Ibuchukwu Nwodo described it as historic and a clear indication that the club remains a unifying force in the promotion of peace and national unity.
Nwodo thanked Governor Ugwuanyi for honouring Rangers after all the support he gave the club, which saw it to victory.
“I sincerely thank God for what is happening in Enugu State since His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi took over the leadership of the state.
“Apart from regular payment of workers’ salaries and numerous massive development projects going on in the state, in spite of the severe economic challenges in the country, Gov. Ugwuanyi still supported Enugu Rangers to victory.
“Tomorrow, Gov. Ugwuanyi and the people of the state will honour the club to say thank you for the job well done and also inspire them to greater heights, and the Spiritual Leader of Nigerian Muslims, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto will be attending the event. This is an attestation that Enugu State is truly in the hands of God and that Rangers International is a club to reckon with,” he said.