Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United
Rangers FC of Enugu on Sunday beat Coal City Youths 1-0 to retain the Enugu State Federation Cup.
Kelvin Itoya scored Rangers’ lone goal in the 20th minute from a defensive error.
Coal City Youths came back more determined in the second half, but wasted several scoring chances in front Rangers goal post.
Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United.
Agbo said: “It is good that we retained the Enugu State Federation Cup we won last year because the trophy is always a motivator to players to keep doing well.”
He also hailed his players and expressed the hope that they would replicate their commitment in the NPFL in the second stanza.
His Coal City Youths counterpart, Godwin Onumonu, hailed his players saying that poor finishing in front of the goal robbed them the trophy.
Onumonu said: “You can see that we gave Rangers a run for our money but we needed maturity to outwit them but it was not found during the match.
“I wish Federation Cup is a two legged match so that we will have another opportunity but so be it.”
He said that his team would have battled Rangers to a standstill if not for the defensive errors that gave them the only goal of the match.
The Flying Antelopes players and officials have been paid by the state’s supremo for winning the Nigeria league title
Enugu Rangers players and officials have received the monetary reward pledged to them by the state government for winning the league title last season.
The Flying Antelopes lifted the league diadem after they defeated El Kanemi Warriors 4-0 on the final day of the season to end their 32 years wait for a title.
Enugu Rangers’ Director of Media and Publicity, Foster Chime and the skipper of the team, Okey Odita revealed that the cash reward was received almost immediately and that all the players and officials have got their monies by Friday.
“I want to confirm that the players and officials of Enugu Rangers have received the financial reward of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and we are delighted and grateful for his benevolence act,” Chime told Goal.
“We never expected it to be paid immediately but the governor surprised us and we pray that God will continue to empower him.”
Odita on his part disclosed that the good gesture of the Enugu Governor would only spur the Flying Antelopes to attain greater heights in the domestic league and in Africa next season.
“We are delighted with the largesse from governor Ugwuanyi and we are promising him that we are going to go extra length in the coming season. We are going to do our best to excel in all the competitions we are going to take part in,” Odita told Goal.
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.
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.
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.