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Rangers advance in State FA Cup finals

Enugu Rangers will trade tackles with Coal City Youths in the final of the Enugu State FA Cup on Sunday.

Rangers reached the final of the FA Cup at the expense of FC Stars Plus with a hard fought 3-1 defeat on April 27, while Coal City Youths beat FC Inter 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw on April 21.

Enugu State FA Secretary Francis Ugwu said the match between Rangers and Coal City Youths would start at 4 p.m, while the third place match between FC Star Plus and FC Inter would precede the final at 1.30 p.m. on the same day.

Rangers are the 2016 Nigeria professional Football League (NPFL) defending champions, while Coal City Youths are the 2016 State League defending champions.

Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/05/02/rangers-mfm-fc-advance-in-state-fa-cup-finals/

Nigerian champions Rangers International announce signing goalie Seidu Mutawakilu

Nigerian champions Rangers International have confirmed signing goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu for the second half of the season. 

The former Ghana youth international gloves man has now joined compatriot Nana Bonsu, who is first choice, at the club.

Mutawakilu left Hearts of Oak at the end of last season and was reported to be in the camp of the Enugu-based.

The club’s official Twitter account on Sunday confirmed he is one of seven players signed in the second window.

Source: http://ghanasoccernet.com/nigerian-champions-rangers-international-announce-signing-goalie-seidu-mutawakilu

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/

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.

‘We can still get it right’ –Nwobodo confident of Enugu Rangers’ turnaround

Obinna Nwobodo is confident that Enugu Rangers will overcome their bad patch in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Last season, the Flying Antelopes ended a 32-year wait for top-flight glory but have been woeful in their title defense, thus, leading the log from behind.

And last week, Imama Amapakabo’s men were left to rue their luck after rivals, Enyimba came from behind to secure a 2-1 win in Calabar.

“We are not happy losing to Enyimba. We had no intention to lose the game but we must accept fate,” Nwobodo told Goal .

“We already know we are bottom of the league and that’s not where we planned to be at the beginning of the season.

“We worked so hard to earn a place at the top of the league last season and means we need to do more which we have started doing already.

“I think we just need to show more fighting spirit in our outstanding games. We can’t afford to lose more points after we lost to Enyimba. We believe we can still get it right,” he added.

“I believe and I know we will not remain at the bottom for too long. With hard work and determination, we will come out of the relegation places. It is very possible. We will continue to come out strong and give our all to turn things around.

“For the fans, we know we are not getting it right and I urge and beg them to always support us like they’ve always been doing when the going was good.

“Without them, there will be no us and I will wish them to keep supporting and encouraging us to do better. We know it is not too late to get it right.”

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/04/06/34369262/we-can-still-get-it-right-nwobodo-confident-of-enugu-rangers

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.