Month: January 2017

Enugu sacks Rangers GM, hands office to Christian Chukwu

Source: Guardian.NG

Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday announced the appointment of former Captain and Coach of Enugu Rangers International, Christian Chukwu, as the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the club.

Chukwu’s appointment, which is with immediate effect, sees him taking over from former General Manager, Ozo Chibuzor.The decision to sack Ozo and appoint Chukwu was reached after a fact-finding meeting with the board, management, players, supporters club and other stakeholders of the club.

The Guardian gathered that the meeting unanimously agreed that there was the need for a change in the management of the club to enable it continue its winning streak.

 The decision, it was further gathered, was not unconnected with the unimpressive performance of the club in the on-going season. Stakeholders have so far expressed concern over the results in the league matches involving the club, which will represent Nigeria in this year’s CAF Champions League.Ozo had for sometime been engaged in running battles, especially with supporters of the club, who blame him for the club’s poor showings.

In fact, last year, supporters were forced to engage in protests over his leadership style and had called for his replacement.Although things normalized when the club started winning her matches to the point of taking the 2016 professional league title, signs that all was not well manifested during the reception for the club held at Okpara Square a few weeks ago, where his name was conspicuously missing in the list of officials, players and management of the club in the brochure for the event.

Ozor, who was at the event, was never recognized, a development that sent tongues wagging as to what government intended to do with him.Yesterday also, the governor, who announced his removal, did not applaud him for the services to the club.

Reacting to the development, the new General Manager, Chukwu, thanked the governor for the appointment and promised to put in his best to ensure that Rangers retained its current status in Nigerian football.

He called for the cooperation and support of the board, management, players and all other stakeholders of the club to take it to an enviable height.

Egwim ready to make comeback from injury

Source: Daily Post

Enugu Rangers striker, Ifeanyi Egwim, is preparing to make his return to action, following a horrific leg break on the final day of last season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) .

The 26-year-old has not played since he was stretchered off during the 4-0 home win over El-Kanemi Warriors on November 2, 2016.

Egwim has since undergone treatment at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu and absolved El-Kanemi goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen of any blame for the incident.

“There was no contact with the goalkeeper. What happened was that I twisted my leg and landed on my shin,” he told Naija Made, SuperSport TV’s magazine programme for the NPFL.

“I would say that something else would have happened but I will say this has to be a divine incident. In my life, I have never played before such a crowd in my professional career.

“I am really grateful to the governor of Enugu State for showing concern and taking care of my bills. My wife has been my strength as she has stood by me.

“I will definitely come back. I am strong now but not too strong to start training. I believe from next month (February) I will start training and by first or second week of March I will join the team in training.”

Rangers go into bread production, other confectioneries

Source: News24.com

Enugu – Rangers International FC has revealed that it will start rolling out its branded bread called “Rangers Bread’’ and other flour confectionery products in Enugu metropolis.

Rangers’ Marketing Manager, Ignatius Okafor, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.

Okafor said the move was meant to shoring-up the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the club to prosecute a successful 2016/2017 football season.

He noted that the branded bread and other confectioneries from the club would be sold at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu during matches as snacks to spectators.

“The nutritious Rangers bread and other confectioneries will also be sold daily to the teeming fans of Rangers residing within Enugu metropolis and its outskirt for a start.

“And we will be glad to extend our supplies to other areas or states where our fans want them to come to.

“I believe that apart from getting IGR, the initiative will go a long way in making Rangers a household name and brand in most families, neighbourhoods and communities within and outside Enugu State,’’ he said.

He noted that the club would not rely solely on the state government but has decided to go into partnerships and businesses that would generate funds.

Okafor, however, noted that the club needed more funds as it would be going for continental derbies as well as defending its 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy and Federation Cup in the current season.

Rangers will be visiting JS Saoura of Algeria on Feb. 10 for its first leg of the CAF Champions League. It will host the Algerian club on Feb. 17 in Enugu for the second leg.

The Cathedral -Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu – has a seating capacity of 22,000 spectators.

The stadium is expected to be filled to the brim during Rangers’ continental ties as it is normally seen during important national football derbies.

Egbuchulam keeps mum on failed Tunisia deal

Source: Naij.com

The Enugu Antelopes, Rangers International, are set to unleash NPFL Player of the season, Chisom Egbuchulam on Akwa United on Wednesday as both sides try each other for size in the NPFL week day 4 match.

This is sequel to Egbuchulam’s return from Tunisia, after a failed mission.

Egbuchulam during the week rejoined Rangers after he failed to secure a deal in Tunisia.

Egbuchulam was said to have returned to training with Rangers and could be unleashed on Akwa United on Wednesday.

Egbuchulam, who scored 16 goals last season as Rangers emerged champions, was first at Etoile du Sahel before he negotiated with another Tunisian team, Club Africain.

“I am back to my club. It is a long story, which I don’t wish to discuss,” he said.

“I am just hoping to be part of my team by playing matches and give my best as usual.”

Egbuchulam watched from the stands yesterday as Rangers recorded their first win of the season with a 1 – 0 win over El Kanemi Warriors in Enugu.

Enugu Rangers Secures First League Win this Season

Source: http://footballlive.ng/footballnews/npl-clubs/enugu-rangers-secures-first-league-win-this-season/

League Champions, Enugu Rangers clocked in their first win of the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over El Kanemi Warriors at the Cathedral.

Bobby Clement’s 68th minute strike was the decider on another frustrating day for the last season’s sweethearts.

Rangers had lost the first game of the season at home; a derby against Abia Warriors and picked their first point a week later in Lafia against Nasarawa United.
Asides the leaky defence Imama Amapakabo’s prime concern has been goal scoring, particularly as the Flying Antelopes prepare for their return to the continent.
The seven-time NPFL champions travel away to JS Saoura next month, but before the Algerian tie comes, Imama knows he must address all the weak spots in his team, and perhaps the return of Chisom Egbuchulam will sharpen their attack.

Matchday 3 Results :

ABS 1-0 Ifeanyi Ubah

Rangers 1-0 El Kanemi

Enyimba 2-0 Gombe

Kano 2-1 Shooting

Katsina Utd 1-0 Nasarawa

MFM FC 4-0 Lobi

Plateau 3-1 Sunshine Stars

Remo Stars 1-0 Abia Warriors

Rivers Utd 1-0 Niger Tornadoes

Wikki 1-0 Akwa

‘Rangers’ title defence intact’

Source: http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/170116/Rangers_title_defence_intact

Enugu Rangers central attacker, Edoh Ocheme has said his side’s title defence is on track despite their top-flight opening loss to oriental neighbours, Abia Warriors.

The title-holders were shocked 2-1 by Warriors in Sunday’s top-flight matchday 1 clash at Enugu.

Ocheme said his side have resolved to perfect their goal-scoring act to further stamp out unfavourable and shocking results in the ongoing top-flight.

“Our title defence is quite intact, despite the defeat to Abia Warriors on home ground.

“I’m not sure anything has gone wrong, rather the defeat will serve as a wake-up call for us to sit up in subsequent matches.

“Last season we lost our first league match at Kano Pillars and still went ahead to be crowned the league champions.

“Right now we have similarly lost our first match on home soil to Abia Warriors. I see history repeating itself again.

“However, I think we have work to be done on our goal scoring ability to be sure we get it right in other matches.

“Aside the disputable officiating in the clash against Abia Warriors we lost several chances at goal which if we had converted the chances the outcome would have been different.

“Although, I found out that virtually all the players were somehow anxious to score after the first goal.

“Right now we have taken the defeat off our minds to concentrate on other matches and Caf Champions League.

“Once we are able to get it right scoring goal as we created chances every other thing will fit in perfectly well.

“The lesson for the loss to Abia Warriors is there on our faces to go ahead scoring goals till the last whistle sounded.

“Again we will pray to get same officiating we usually get at home whenever we play outside our shore,” said the former Crown and Giwa FC marksman to supersport.com.

The Coal City side will be the guests of Nasarawa United in their midweek NPFL matchday 2 clash at the Lafia Township Stadium.

Abia Warriors dent Enugu Rangers’ NPFL title defence

Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/abia-warriors-dent-enugu-rangers-npfl-title-defence-3sc-enyimba-mfm-win/

Enugu Rangers began the defence of their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title on a worst possible note when they lost to visiting Abia Warriors 2-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Rangers, who took the league by storm last season, gave their fans an impression of a beautiful day when new boy, Fortune Omoniwari, opened scores in the 10th minute off a tantalising cross by left-back Chidiebere Okoli. But Abia Warriors would have none of that, as they equalised just 12 minutes later through Emeka Isaac’s deflected shot.

The Okey Emordi tutored ‘Ochendo Boys’ took the lead with 18 minutes left in the game when Godwin Zaki converted a penalty 18 minutes from time for the Umuahia-based club’s first win in Enugu.