Month: February 2017

Rangers are not machine – Bobby Clement

Rangers International of Enugu striker, Bobby  Clement believes his side played with fatigue during Friday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game against Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries (MFM) FC at the Agege Township Stadium.

Clement scored a consolation goal for the Flying Antelopes in a 2-1 loss to MFM after Sikiru Olatunbosun and Stephen Odey had scored two goals for the home team in each half.

MFM’s game on Friday was Rangers’ third matches in five days and the lanky forward believes congested fixtures was responsible for the outcome of the game.

He stressed that he and his teammates will continue to push hard to make an impact in the league this season.

“I think we tried our best and fatigue takes its toll on us today and we couldn’t help it. Playing three games in five days, it was not easy at all. We can’t cheat nature and that is what happened here today. We will keep working hard to see that we achieve something great for the club at end of the season,” Clement told SportingLife.

Source: http://thenationonlineng.net/rangers-not-machine-says-clement/

NPFL: Rangers Put Life Back into Title Defence

Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers left it very late yesterday to see off Lobi Stars 2-1 in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

The Nigerian champions had Bobby Clement to thank for the winner on the stroke of full time.

After their weekend activity in the CAF Champions League in which they scraped past Algerian side JS Saoura to reach the next round, the Flying Antelopes were less than convincing once again.

There were no starting places for Godwin Aguda and Fortune Omoniwari in the Rangers line-up while Lobi coach Evans Ogenyi listed forwards Kingsley Eduwo and Anthony Okpotu.

Daniel Etor made amends for an earlier miss when he benefited from a defensive error to score for Rangers 21 minutes into the contest.

Fifteen minutes later Etor turned from hero to villain when he upended Okpotu in his box, leaving referee Olayombo Oluwabonmi with the simplest task of awarding a spot kick.
Eduwo’s kick from 11 metres was saved by Rangers goalkeeper Nana Bonsu but the Lobi striker volleyed in the rebound before defenders of the champions could make any attempt to clear the ball.

That was the much the first half produced at a ground Rangers faithful now call The Cathedral.
The restart had Rangers pouring forward in search of a goal just to ease their worry of remaining in the bottom-four. The Flying Antelopes just could not conjure anything.

Ten minutes to time, Lobi’s Chinedu James got his marching orders for a second booking, thereby handing Rangers the numerical advantage.

Right at the death, Clement popped up with the winner with a fine headed goal off an Osas Okoro assist.
Rangers have taken their points to nine after seven matches and that lifts them from bottom spot to 16th position.

Former champions Kano Pillars ended their poor away form by scoring their first goal on the road in 467 minutes in the NPFL. Amos Gyang earned Pillars a 1-1 draw at Rivers United after Godbless Asamoah had given the Port Harcourt club the lead in the first half.

Pillars finished the last five minutes of the game with 10 men after Chris Madaki was sent off for a second yellow card.
Wikki Tourists needed an Nnaemeka Anyanwu screamer on 70 minutes to put away 3SC and earn the full points with a 1-0 win.

A stoppage time goal in the first half by Destiny Ashadi made sure Katsina United edged Federation Cup champions FC Ifeanyiubah 1-0 at the Mohammed Dikko Stadium in Katsina. The win lifts Katsina United to sixth place with 13 points, seven behind table-toppers Plateau United.

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/02/23/npfl-rangers-put-life-back-into-title-defence/

Rangers to unleash Champions League form against Lobi

Enugu Rangers defender, Ugwu Uwadiegwu has assured that his side will use its CAF Champions League form to prosecute the rescheduled NPFL week 7 fixture against Lobi Stars today at the ‘Cathedral’ in Enugu.

Rangers played a goalless draw with JSS Saoura of Algeria last Sunday but progressed to the first round of the CAF Champions League, courtesy of the 1-1 draw they recorded in the first leg in Algeria.

In appreciation, the government Enugu State increased the team’s bonuses and morale in the camp of the ‘flying antelopes’ is really high at the moment.

Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the hard tackling defender expressed confidence that Rangers will pick the maximum points against Lobi Stars in today’s match.

He said the reigning NPFL champions are not going to leave any stone unturned in their bid to beat Lobi Stars and improve their standing on the table.

He, however, said it will not be an easy task because any fixture involving the two clubs is never easy.

According to him, Lobi Stars are tricky customers so Rangers will be careful in handling them.

“We have put behind us the success in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League. It was a hard fought battle but we thank God that we were able to come out victorious.

“Our match against Lobi Stars is equally important because it will help us move up the table. We are targeting an outright win over them.

“Our management has raised our morale so we are in the right state of mind to face Lobi Stars.

“They will be difficult but I don’t see them denying us the maximum points. It is our home match and we are going to make good use of all the available advantages,” he said.

In other rescheduled matches, Katsina United will host FC IfeanyiUbah, Wikki Tourists will welcome 3SC just as Kano Pillars will be guests of Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port-Harcourt.

Source: http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/sports/rangers-to-unleash-champions-league-form-against-lobi/186314.html

CAF Champions League: Rangers must improve ahead of Zamalek tie – Amapakabo

Head coach of Enugu Rangers, Imama Amakapabo, has said his team has a lot of work to do, despite qualifying for the first round of the CAF Champions League.

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, progressed on the away goals rule, after playing a 1-1 draw with Jeunesse Sportive de Saoura of Algeria.

“We have qualified for the next round of the Champions League. But we must work harder in all ramifications,” Imama was quoted in a tweet from the official handle of Rangers International on Monday.

Rangers will next face Egyptian giants Zamalek who were last year’s finalists in the first round of the CAF Champions League competition.

Amakapabo however says the immediate focus is on the league.

“We need to now concentrate on our rescheduled matches in the League starting with Lobi Stars on Wednesday,” he added.

Rangers are bottom on the NPFL log with just six points from six games, although they have three outstanding games to be played.

Source: http://dailypost.ng/2017/02/21/caf-champions-league-rangers-must-improve-ahead-zamalek-tie-amapakabo/

Enugu Rangers, Rivers United Advance In CAF Champions League

Two of Nigeria’s representatives at the CAF Champions League, Enugu Rangers and Rivers United, are through to the first round of the competition.

Rangers on Sunday evening held visiting J.S Saoura of Algeria to a goalless draw to advance on the away goal rule.

The Nigerian southeast-based club had held their visitors to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

The Nigeria Professional Football League defending champions will face Egyptian side, Zamalek in the next round.

Similarly, Rivers United edged out Mali’s A.S Real Bamako 4-0 to advance on a four zero aggregate.

The Nigerian said will face Sudanese club, Al-Marrikh in the first round of the competition.

Enugu Govt financially prepared for Rangers CAF league – Commissioner

Source: https://www.businessdayonline.com/enugu-govt-financially-prepared-rangers-caf-league-commissioner/

The Enugu State Government says it is fully prepared to fund Rangers International FC for its Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League engagements.

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Charles Ndukwe, who made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Wednesday, denied reports that the club was seeking for funds for the continental engagement.

“The state government is fully prepared to fund the continental and other engagements of the club even in the face of our lean resources”, he assured.

Ndukwe said that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had invested heavily in the team and recently repositioned it to ensure that Rangers win the CAF cup.

He noted that the government had appointed a veteran sports administrator and Coach, Christian Chukwu, as well as other best hands to see the club through the CAF league.

The commissioner said that in spite of the paucity of fund in the state, “Rangers FC is well funded and robustly supported institution of Enugu Government’’.

“The sports loving Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has continued to passionately attend to the needs of the club and has considerably taken care of its financial and material necessities as when due.

“We are optimistic that with the incentives, Rangers will perform creditably well in the ongoing 2016/2017 CAF as well as the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL),’’ he assured.

The commissioner called on all well-meaning people of Enugu to support the efforts of the governor to ensure flying Antelope total victory in the CAF championship.

“Rangers remains the symbol of unity and pride of Igboland, and the government will make sure the club’s flag keep flying,’’ he added.

CAF Championship: Enugu to demolish illegal structures at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

By Chinedu Adonu

AHEAD of the on-going CAF Championship to be played between Nigeria’s representative, Enugu Rangers Intenational Football Club and the J.S Saoura of Algeria on Sunday, February 19, 2017, Enugu State Government may demolish illegal structures at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, venue of the match. Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Mr. Chidi Aroh who hinted that the illegal structures might be demolished, said that the illegal structures defaced the aesthetics of the Stadium and as such constituted an eyesore.

Aroh who conducted newsmen round the stadium to witness the illegal structures that tended to threaten the stadium to the extent that it could bring a collapse of the edifice, said that his Ministry had informed the owners of structures to desist from further construction and the demolish forthwith the existing structures , lamented that since November last year they marked the structures for removal, the owners have remained adamant, hence the need to have them demolished. The Commissioner said that when CAF officials came for inspection of facilities at the Stadium last year ahead of the Championship, the state government had signed an undertaking that before the tournament, the illegal structures would have been removed and the Stadium put in the proper shape for the championship. It could be recalled that NFF had threatened that unless the obsolete facilities at the Stadium were put in place, the CAF championship and even local matches may not be played at the Stadium, hence the Enugu State Government efforts to put the Stadium in order ahead of the continental meet. The Commissioner who was conducted round the stadium by the Chairman of Enugu FA,

It could be recalled that NFF had threatened that unless the obsolete facilities at the Stadium were put in place, the CAF championship and even local matches may not be played at the Stadium, hence the Enugu State Government efforts to put the Stadium in order ahead of the continental meet. The Commissioner who was conducted round the stadium by the Chairman of Enugu FA, Mr. Chidi Ejiofor Okenwa, pointed out that toilets and conveniences at the Stadium have been converted to shops and other business ventures other than the recreational facility for which it was meant for. Aroh lamented that the worst part of the illegal structures at the Stadium is that people built lock up shops on top of sewage facilities at the Stadium, there forcing those using the Stadium to seek conveniences elsewhere. “This is one of the most important place I have brought you here today. This is the greatest disaster because there are built on sewage.

We had an undertaking with CAF that we’ll put the place in order before the championship,” Aroh said and lamented that the stores and shops were allocated to government officials few days before the present administration came to power and wondered why people sane enough should built in such places. “The structures were allocated seven days before the present administration took over and they all have allocation letters. The Commissioner said that the demolition might take place in order to save lives and property at the Stadium because such structures might add load to the Stadium and bring about its collapse. He noted that though the cost of demolition might be much and cost

“The structures were allocated seven days before the present administration took over and they all have allocation letters. The Commissioner said that the demolition might take place in order to save lives and property at the Stadium because such structures might add load to the Stadium and bring about its collapse. He noted that though the cost of demolition might be much and cost government a fortune but that saving life far outweighs the money to be expended on the demolition in order to save life. Aroh pointed out that Rangers was the darling team of not only Enugu people but the entire Igbo race and for this reason, they cannot afford to loose hosting the CAF Championship because of the handiwork of some undesirable element that trespassed where they should not.

Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/caf-championship-enugu-demolish-illegal-structures-nnamdi-azikiwe-stadium/