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‘I love defeating my former teams’ – Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote relishes Enyimba victory

The Flying Antelopes secured their first win in four meetings with the People’s Elephants and the gaffer is pleased subduing his former side

Gbenga Ogunbote is delighted after Enugu Rangers recorded a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Enyimba at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

Prior to the encounter, the Flying Antelopes were without a win in their last three league games and had hoped to bounce back against the People’s Elephants.

Luckily, Bright Silas’ fifth-minute header was all the Enugu based side required to earn their first win in four games against Paul Aigbogun’s men.

And Ogunbote, who steered the Aba giants to the Caf Confederation Cup spot last season, admits joy after he led his side to victory over his former employers in an oriental derby.

“It was a derby and we saw the quality of the derby in it,” he told Goal.

“It was a difficult one for me and I expected it. You must realize that I was the former coach of Enyimba last season and they were coming to play against me for the first time.

“It was beyond playing against Rangers for them, so they wanted to do everything to make sure they win. Like I told the players before the game that they must raise their game and play for me and not Rangers this time around.

“I thank God it turned out well. It was just like any other game, though I love defeating my former team when I play them.”

“I try as much as I can, not celebrate it. It was a good one because it shows you were a factor when you were there,” he continued.

“It is not the first time because I’ve been in the kind of system for a long time. Derbies are always difficult and the fans are not always patience because they want their team to win.

“But of course, it was a good one for Enugu Rangers because we were able to manage that one goal, though in a derby game you don’t expect a huge number of goals the one we got, we were able to defend it and got the three points.”

Culled from Goal.Com by Ike Onwubuya


NPFL: Enugu Rangers make charity donations

The officials, coaches and players of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu have made donations of foodstuffs and toiletries to two motherless babies’ homes within the Enugu metropolis.

Rangers FC’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, in a statement on Sunday in Enugu listed the homes as Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home at Emene and Enugu Cheshire Home at Uwani.

He said the donations by the former Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions were made at about 6 p.m. on Saturday after the team’s evening training session.

“It is with great joy that we, as a team, make these little donations for the upkeep of the homes.

“We feel obliged to make this with the consent of the club’s General Manager, Davidson Owumi, who is unavoidably absent.

“We hope to make this (visit) more regular,’’ the club’s Technical Adviser, Olugbenga Ogunbote, was quoted as saying by Okolie.

The Rangers spokesman said Sister Martins-Agnes Ibewuike, matron of Guardian Angels Motherless Babies Home, spoke words of appreciation after receiving the gifts.

“We (the children and the Home in its entirety) pray the good Lord to continue to prosper you in your chosen endeavour.’’

Okolie also revealed that the matron of Enugu Cheshire Home, Beatrice Onaga, welcomed the team with joy and thanked the team for the gifts.

“Our prayer is for better performance from you people when you take on other opponents,’’ Okolie quoted Onaga as saying.

Culled from http://www.fcnaija.com/npfl-enugu-rangers-make-charity-donations- By Ike Onwubuya

Ogunbote: Hard work and self-belief is the tonic at Rangers

Enugu Rangers manager Gbenga Ogunbote has revealed the secret to his side’s three-game unbeaten run in the wake of Sunday’s Premier League win over El Kanemi Warriors.Substitute, Kelvin Itoya’s late sublime strike was the difference in the match Day 8 NPFL encounter as Rangers ran away with all three points at to continue the club’ dominance over visiting El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in the past five seasons.

Speaking to the media after the encounter, Ogunbote who led Enyimba to a CAF Confederations Cup spot last term said: “It was a tough match and we thank God for the victory. It was a hard-earned victory.

“We expected it because when you play against your former team, you want to do everything to prove points but all the same, it was a very good game. I was too sure that I was going to win the game even when it was still barren going into the last ten minutes of the game.

“Hard work and self-belief have been the tonic been preached to the players going into more matches but I must stress that this is a team still in the making.” Ogunbote told FCNaija.com in Enugu

Up next for the 2016 NPFL Champions is an away to current title holders Plateau United on Sunday, February 18 at the Jos International Stadium.

Enugu Rangers defeat Heartland in Oriental derby

Enugu Rangers were winners on the road in the Oriental derby in Owerri.

Heartland 0 – 1 Enugu Rangers

Enugu Rangers got their first win of the season in fine style, securing a vital away victory at Heartland, in the second Oriental derby of the season.

Bright Silas scored the winner in the 10th-minute to secure a win for the Flying Antelopes, which takes them into 16th on the log.

The outcome could have been different for Heartland had Lucky Emariojake converted a first-half penalty, which hit the frame of the goal. That missed spot kick means the Owerri-based club still await their first goal of the season and are in 18th-place.

Culled from Kwese.espn.com by Ike Onwubuya

We must accept defeat to Akwa United, says Enugu Rangers’ Ogunbote

Having watched his side bow to their hosts in Uyo, the gaffer says the Flying Antelopes must display good sportsmanship

Enugu Rangers head coach Gbenga Ogunbote believes his side’s must ‘accept’ in good faith their 2-0 defeat against Akwa United at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

Ogunbote suffered defeat in his first competitive match charge of the Flying Antelopes no thanks to goals from Kelly Kester and Dennis Nya for the hosts on Sunday.

But the tactician is unmoved as he is confident his side will bounce back when they face Lobi Stars in their next encounter at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on Wednesday.

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Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/we-must-accept-defeat-to-akwa-united-says-enugu-rangers/1gogk47uj8mnp1nfpt5bbditdw

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.

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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