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Reasons why Chisom Egbuchulam is not welcomed at Rangers.

Two reasons why Chisom Egbuchulam is not welcomed at Rangers after Sweden loan

The 2015-16 Nigeria Professional Football League player of the season and the rave of that year, Chisom Egbuchulam might not feature for Rangers in 2017/18 season reports sportlineng.com.

Chisom Egbuchulam whose goals fired Enugu Rangers to their first Nigerian league title in 32 years spent the 2016-17 on a season long loan at Swedish club BK Hacken.

Back in Nigeria after the Swedish club decided not to sign him on a permanent basis, Chisom Egbuchulam may have to join another club but Rangers if he must play football in the 2017-18 season.

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Two major reasons have been highlighted as to why Chisom Egbuchulam might have to find a club elsewhere.

His decision to leave Rangers for Sweden despite promising the Governor he won’t be going is a factor against the “German Juice” as he his fondly called.

“At a meeting with players of Rangers prior to the start last season, Enugu State Governor had a heart-to-heart talk with Egbuchulam at which the striker promised his availability for ‘The Flying Antelopes’ campaign.

“The governor even gave out some cash which the players shared, including Egbuchulam but few days after, the forward boarded the next available flight for Sweden.

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“The governor was embittered over that action and now that he is back, Rangers officials are reluctant to sign him for fear of possible backlash from the Governor”, a close confidant of the player said to Scorenigeria.com.ng.

Another factor is the players attitude, according to an official of Rangers who spoke to Scorenigeria, Chisom Egbuchulam’s attitude has not helped matters.

“I will say it was not as if Rangers do not want to sign Egbuchulam,” he opened up.

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“Truth is, Egbuchulam has not helped his case.

“He has been evasive since his return, not committed to attending training sessions.

“Yes, BK Hacken have returned his transfer papers by way of ITC, making him a bonafide player of Rangers.

“This means that no matter what, he is a player of Rangers.

“You would recall that even Ejike Uzoenyi makes himself available for Rangers training any time he is around but such is not the case with Chisom”, the Rangers official stressed.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Source: https://www.sportlineng.com/2017/12/10/two-reasons-chisom-egbuchulam-not-welcomed-rangers-sweden-loan/


Swedish club release Ugonna Anyora to Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers have completed the signing of Ugonna Anyora from Swedish club, Assyriska FF, Scorenigeia.com.ng reports.

Ugonna Anyora is of one six players whose transfers to the Coal City Flying Antelopes have been completed in line with FIFA, CAF, NFF and LMC procedures.

“We are making progress in the area of clearing our newly recruited players,” Rangers team manager, Amaobi Ezeaku told SCORENigeria

“So far, we have cleared about six, including Ugonna Anyora.

“His club in Sweden, (Assyriska FF), have released his ITC.

“And this is in line with the FIFA, CAF, NFF and LMC transfer guideline.”

By Sab Osuji

Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2017/12/06/swedish-club-release-ugonna-anyora-to-enugu-rangers/

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

Nigerians who distinguished themselves coaching foreign teams

Today, a lot of Nigerian coaches are testing their mettle handling foreign clubs. In the past such jobs were centred in the African continent, but these days, we have seen Nigerians coaching club sides in Europe. The number is growing by the day, from Mike Emenalo, to Sunday Oliseh, Daniel Amokachi, Emmanuel Amuneke and Maureen Mmadu, the list is growing as more ex-internationals are delving into coaching and acquiring CAF and FIFA coaching badges DAPO SOTUMINU reports

Adegboye Onigbinde (Trinidad & Tobago 2000-2001):

Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, one of the most successful Nigerian football managers in history was in Trinidad and Tobago from 2000 to 2001 where he helped transformed the country’s football from the most important stage of development, the national Under-17 team. He spread his tentacles to the grassroots where he fished out quality youth players who became top stars in the country’s football years after their discovery. After coaching at the club level at Water Corporateion of Ibadan and Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan, Onigbinde coached Nigeria national team at the 1984 Nations Cup where he helped the country to win silver. Majority of the players discovered for the 1984 Nations Cup played for Nigeria in the next 10 years. He returned to coach the Eagles at the FIFA World Cup 2002 emerging as the first Nigerian to handle a team at the World Cup finals.

Harrison Okagbue (Uganda 1999-2001):

One of the few Nigerians to have handled a foreign team in the late 90s. Harrison became the coach of the Cranes of Uganda in 1999 and his time there spanned 3 years till 2001. The ex-Eagles defender played in the Nigerian league in the 70’s with the now-defunct Sharks and Rangers before retiring in 1980. He moved to Uganda in 1999 and was appointed the coach of the Ugandan National team, however after a 3-0 loss to Togo at home in an African Nations Cup qualifier he was sacked. Since then he hasn’t coached another National team and has retired from active sporting activities.

Christian Chukwu (Kenya 1998):

As a player, Chairman Christian Chukwu was the first Nigerian to lift the African Nations Cup trophy, he is also ex-captain of Rangers International. He started his coaching career in Lebanon in the mid-90s and was appointed as coach of the Kenyan national team in 1998 where he spent a year and failed to qualify them for any tournament.

Maureen Mmadu (Avaldsens & Avaldsens 2012- present):

After playing for various teams in Europe and Norway especially, Maureen became the first Female Nigerian coach to handle a European team. She boasts of a UEFA C coaching license and since 2012 she has been the assistant coach of Avaldsnes Women Football Club in Norwegian top flight, while she doubles as the main coach of Avaldsens 2, the junior team of Avaldsnes, in Division 2 of the Norwegian female league football. The Anambra-born midfielder is also a Coach Developer and has stated her interest in the Super Falcons’ job. As a player she is the first Nigerian footballer, male and female to reach 100 caps in the history of the national team, playing for the Super Falcons.

Micheal Emenalo (Chelsea 2010):

Barely three weeks ago, the ex-Enugu Rangers and Super Eagles World Cup defender left his role as the Technical Director of Chelsea Fc after serving for upmost of 10 years in that role. Before his appointment as Technical Director of Chelsea, the Nigerian star had served as an Assistant coach of the English champions. He was promoted from the post of Chief Scout to an assistant coach of the first team in November 2010. However less than a year later he was appointed as the Technical Director of the team, a role he left early November. He has since been linked with a move to AS Monaco of France.

Shuaibu Amodu (Orlando Pirates 1996-1997):

The late tactician had handled a few Nigerian club sides in the late 80s and early 90s but in 1996 he was appointed the chief coach of South African side, Orlando Pirates. He helped them to a third place finish in the PSL league. Amodu could be listed among Nigerian football’s unsung hero after he managed the National team five times qualifying the Super Eagles for the World Cup on two occasions (but was never allowed to handle the team at the World Cup proper). He also led the Nigerian national team to the 3rd place finish at the African Cup of Nations. He died on the 10th of June 2016 just days after the death of Stephen Keshi.

Culled from New Telegraph by Ike Onwubuya

Source: NewTelegrahOnline

Rangers Players Set To Boycott Training Over Governor’s Failed Promise

By Adeboye Amosu:

Enugu Rangers players are contemplating boycotting training to force the Enugu State government, the owners of the club, to fulfil their promise of giving out a plot of land to each of  them for their title success two seasons ago, reports Completesportsnigeria. com.

The Flying Antelopes won the Nigeria Professional Football League title in 2015/2016 season, their first in over three decades, and the players and their handlers were promised monetary incentives and a plot of land each by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

While they have received the cash promised them,  the state government has not been forthcoming on the issue of the land.

“We are not happy with the situation of things at the club. The governor promised us land when he hosted us after we won the league but up till now, we have not heard anything about it,” one of the players told Completesportsnigeria.com the condition of anonymity.

“We complained to the captain (Okey Odita) who promised us that he would talk to the governor on our behalf but nothing has been done yet.

“If the situation persists, we might be forced to shun training to press home our demands. We worked so hard to make the state proud, so it is important that we are rewarded for our efforts.”

The Enugu side had a disappointing campaign in the NPFL last season, finishing in 14th in the table

Culled from Complete Sports by Ike Onwubuya

Source: https://www.completesportsnigeria.com/rangers-players-set-boycott-training-governors-failed-promise/

Rangers International beat Ngwa FC 3-1 in friendly Read more at:

Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/11/rangers-international-beat-ngwa-fc-3-1-friendly/

Enugu – Rangers International Football Club on Friday defeated Ngwa FC of Aba 3-1 in a pre-season friendly match in Enugu. Rangers Zaki Godwin scored a brace in the first 45 minutes to ensure the Flying Antelopes took a two-goal lead into the break.

The second half saw both sides introducing new players to refreshen their game to end 3-1. Brendan Ogbu scored the third goal for the Antelopes in the 60th minute, before Johnson Okoro reduced the tally for the visiting team in the 75th minute. Speaking after the match, the Enugu-based Rangers’ new Technical Adviser, Gbenga Ogunbote, however said the match was not a yardstick to determine his players’ abilities. “With time, we will get the team we need and build them into a formidable team before the league resumes,’’ he said.

The technical adviser assured that he was working with the club’s other staff to trim the size of the playing staff to a manageable level. “I am not a coach that likes to waste players’ time, because time is everything. “Not all the players will make my team and, for this, we have to be fast and cautious while selecting players for the final phase of screening. “I want those that failed to make my team to get an opportunity elsewhere,’’ Ogunbote said. (NAN)

Contract breakdown end Ogunbote, Enyimba romance

The gaffer will not be continuing with the Aba side next season after both parties could not agree on a new deal
Gbenga Ogunbote reveals that a breakdown in negotiation with Enyimba saw him depart the former Nigeria Professional Football League champions.
Ogunbote joined the People’s Elephants from Shooting Stars before the commencement of the 2016-17 season and led them to a third place league finish, thus, securing a Caf Confederation Cup ticket.
But the coach elected to walk away from the former league champions after both parties failed to agree on terms of a new deal.

Culled by Ike Onwubuya

El-Kanemi Warriors Appoint Amapakabo As New Coach

Nigeria Professional Football League club, El-Kanemi Warriors has appointed former Enugu Rangers Manager Imama Amapakabo as their new coach.

Coach Amapakabo who will be unveiled on Tuesday in Maiduguri sealed a one-year contract with the club on Sunday.

The “Eli Warriors” finished in sixth place in the NPFL final league table standing last season.

Amapakabo was in charge of Rangers when they won the NPFL title in 2016, ending their over 30-year wait for the title.