Month: April 2017

Rangers tame Wikki in thriller

Champions Enugu Rangers beat Wikki Tourists 3-2 in Enugu yesterday in a rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) contest to leave bottom place of the 20-team table.

The Flying Antelopes began the day ensconced at the foot of the table and needed a victory of any margin to begin their ascent on the log. They claimed the win in the end, by the skin of their teeth, courtesy of goals from Bobby Clement, Ifeanyi George and Ousmane Pape Sane. The visitors scored twice through Chukwudi Samuel and Shammah Tanze to set up a nervy finale but the hosts held on to claim an important win which saw them climb off the foot of the table to the relief of their numerous fans. As was the case against four-time champions, Kano Pillars on Sunday, Rangers took an early lead on Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu through big striker, Clement who rose majestically before planting an emphatic header past the Wikki goalkeeper, Emeka Nwabulu. Five minutes before the break, George doubled the hosts’ lead with a well-taken penalty before Chukwudi halved the deficit, six minutes after the restart. Sane restored Rangers’ two-goal cushion with another headed goal, this time off an Ugwu Uwadiegwu corner in the 71st minute but the visitors from Bauchi refused to roll over. Tanze struck 11 minutes before the end but there was to be no further scoring in the rip-roaring contest that ebbed and flowed, thrilling the fans who turned out to no end. Rangers now sit in 19th place on the NPFL standings, level on points with 20th-placed Remo Stars who have amassed 19 points, same as the Enugu club who however enjoy a superior goal difference.

Source:  http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/04/rangers-tame-wikki-thriller/

Enugu Rangers 3 Kano Pillars 1

The reigning league champions have begun their road to recovery with a morale boosting win against Sai Masu Gida on Sunday

Enugu Rangers started their road to recovery from their abysmal start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Kano Pillars in a rearranged league tie played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

The Flying Antelopes showed their intention to cut Sai Masu Gida to shreds right from start and this paid off when they stormed into the lead in the second minute through Chibuzor Madu who converted from the penalty spot after Ifeanyi George was felled in the vital area and they doubled the advantage four minutes later through Chiamaka Madu who netted from close range.

Despite leading by two goals to nil, Rangers never lowered their guard and they scored the third in the 45th minute through George who marked his debut for the reigning champions with a goal but Pillars reduced the arrears also in the added on time of the first half through Adamu Mohammed who was a former player of the Enugu side.

There was no further goal in the second half as Rangers held on stoutly to their 3-1 lead which has now taken their point tally to 16 from 15 games with four more matches yet to be played before they end their first round campaign. They will face Wikki Tourists also in Enugu on Wednesday in another rescheduled league tie.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/04/23/34865622/enugu-rangers-3-kano-pillars-1-flying-antelopes-wallop-sai

Enugu Rangers Sign Ex-Nigeria U-17 Star Ezeh

In a bid to resuscitate their ailing form in the Nigeria Professional Football League, reigning champions Enugu Rangers have signed five players to bolster their squad Completesportsnigeria.com can report.

The players are former Golden Eaglets forward Chiderah Ezeh, Osamudiamen Adun from Nigerian National League side Insurance of Benin, former Ghana U-20 and Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Siedu Muntawakilu, Ifeanyi George from Enyimba of Aba and Bassey Akpan.

Rangers who have five outstanding games to play in the NPFL will return to the shores of the country on Tuesday from Zambia where they were eliminated from the CAF Confederations Cup competition.

They lost 3-0 to Zesco United of Zambia who advanced to the group phase of the tournament on a 5-2 aggregate after the first leg in Enugu a week ago ended in a 2-2 draw.

Enugu Rangers will also not play their game against Gombe United scheduled for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Wednesday Completesportsnigeria.com gathered as well.  The game has been postponed. The Flying Antelopes ended a 32-year wait to be crowned Nigeria champions last season. They are currently bottom of the NPFL log with 13 points from 14 games.

Source: https://www.completesportsnigeria.com/enugu-rangers-sign-ex-nigeria-u-17-star-ezeh-four-others/

 

Enugu Govt Denies Sacking of Rangers Coach, Amapakabo

In a twist of fate, the Enugu State Government has debunked reports in the media suggesting that Rangers International FC coach, Mr Imama Amapakabo, has been sacked.

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports in the state, Mr Charles Ndukwe, made this clarification to journalists at the end of the State Executive Council meeting held at Government House, Enugu Wednesday.

He stated that Amapakabo was only suspended by the state government based on the club’s recent run of poor performance which was also evident in their home match, last Sunday, against Zesco United Football Club of Zambia. The match had ended 2 – 2 despite Rangers earlier taking a two-goal lead.

Noting that a sack letter could not have been issued to the coach without the state government’s consent, the commissioner said, “the general manager has no right to sack a coach, and Enugu State government cannot take an abnormal action”.

He informed journalists that Chukwuma Agbo is presently the chief coach of the club, adding that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is interested in the welfare of the club and will do everything possible to restore its glory.

Amapakabo, at the end of last season, became the beautiful bride of many prominent clubs both within and outside the country but chose to remain with the Enugu side whom he piloted to break the long-standing jinx of Enugu Rangers trophy drought by winning the Nigeria league.

However, the club as been a shadow of itself with the poor run so far in the league and also dropped from CAF Champions League cadre to the Confederation Cup in which they are on the verge of been eliminated following a 2-2 home draw with visiting Zesco United of Zambia.

Not even the three-match ultimatum handed to him during the poor run could change the fortune of the team following one home draw and two losses making just one point out of nine.

Source: https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/04/13/enugu-govt-denies-sacking-of-rangers-coach-amapakabo/

CAF Confederation Cup: Zesco United hold Rangers in Enugu

Reigning Nigeria League champions, Enugu Rangers, blew away a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw in their CAF Confederation Cup 1st leg Round of 32 clash with Zambian club, Zesco United, on Sunday.

It was another disappointing display from the Flying Antelopes who have been struggling on the domestic scene and on the continent.

After failing the test in the CAF Champions League, Rangers were expected to do better in the second-tier club competition but that seems not to be the case at the moment.

The struggling NPFL champions couldn’t secure a win at home at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and must now do that away in Zambia or better still record a higher scoring draw.

In Sunday’s game, Captain Chibuzor Madu scored the first goal for Rangers from the penalty spot in the 24th minute

Osas Okoro then doubled the advantage early in the second half. But in a rather disappointing manner, Rangers allowed the visitors back into the game.

Zesco will fancy their chance of progressing to the next phase as they did well to score two goals which saw the game ending in a 2-2 draw.

Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/football/228400-caf-confederation-cup-zesco-united-hold-rangers-enugu.html

Rangers Sack Amakapabo

The Flying Antelopes’ coach has been told to step aside as the Flying Antelopes begin the hunt for a new manager

The management of Enugu Rangers has fired Imama Amapakabo barely few hours after the Nigeria’s reigning champions were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Zesco United of Zambia in the first leg playoffs round of the CAF Confederation Cup.

According to club’s media officer Foster Chime, the club management met shortly after the underwhelming home draw to review the immediate and the remote causes of their disastrous campaign in the league and they took the decision to help the club from total collapse.

“I want to inform you that Rangers have told Imama to step aside because of our unimpressive results which reached its height with our 2-2 draw at home to Zesco United,” Chime told Goal.

”He will be served his letter on Monday morning. The management of the club had a crucial meeting after the game on Sunday and it was there the decision was taking.”

Rangers will face Zesco United next Sunday in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup playoffs round knowing that only an away win will take them to the group stage of the competition after they let slipped a two goal lead in Enugu in the first leg on Sunday.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/17022/caf-confederation-cup/2017/04/10/34464702/enugu-rangers-sack-imama-amapakabo

Imama to get N53m if sacked

SCORENigeria has been reliably informed that champions Enugu Rangers will have to shell out as much as N52.5m, being Imama Amapakabo’s salaries for 21 months, should they sack him.

Rangers have handed Imama a “suspended sack” following the team’s recent poor run with officials telling SCORENigeria a decision will be taken on the coach shortly.

A top insider has now told SCORENigeria that the new contract the young coach signed after he led Rangers to win the NPFL championship last year stipulated that should he be sacked, he will be entitled to a pay off of 21 months’ salaries.

Imama is the highest earning coach in the NPFL with a monthly salary of N2.5m after he turned down even more lucrative offers from the likes of Kano Pillars and Akwa United at the end of last season.

It therefore means Rangers will have to shell out N52.5m to see the back of the former Enyimba and Sharks coach.