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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.

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LMC SANCTION WIKKI TOURISTS OVER REFEREES, ENUGU RANGERS ATTACK

The league body has handed the Bauchi Elephants appropriate disciplinary measures after they assaulted match officials and their visitors in Bauchi

The League Management Company has slammed a three-match closed doors ban and 2.250 million naira fine on Wikki Tourists for fans’ violence against Enugu Rangers.

Despite the arrest of three alleged culprits over the Week 33 incident in Bauchi, the LMC announced its sanctions after thorough investigations.

Wikki’s fine include compensation of the attacked match officials and bearing the cost of repairs for the damaged Flying Antelopes’ bus.

In a statement, the LMC said: “Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.

“The club was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.

It continued: “For the encroachment of the Supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.

“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the Supporters.

“The LMC noted however that Wikki Tourists management has fully cooperated with investigations leading to the apprehension and on-going prosecution by the Police, of some of the alleged culprits.”

Rangers Midfielder Aguda: Late Emeteole Influenced My Career

Source: https://www.completesportsnigeria.com/rangers-midfielder-aguda-late-emeteole-influenced-career-gods-light/

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

More tributes are still pouring in for the late coach Kelechi Emeteole who gave up the fight against throat cancer on Wednesday. This time, his former player, Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda, whose career at the Flying Antelopes was made possible by  ‘Caterpillar’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Aguda has expressed sadness on the death of the one-time Heartland, El Kanemi and Enyimba coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

“I couldn’t hold back the tears when I heard about his death. He influenced me a lot on and off the field and it is not easy to forget that kind of man.

“Emeteole signed me two years ago, in April 2015 and I was close to him. We will miss him,” Aguda added in an emotion-laden voice.

On Wednesday, the midfielder wrote a heart-felt tribute to Emeteole on his Facebook.

“The man dat God also used to give light in my career. I will 4ever remember you Kelechi Emetole A.K.A Nigeria Caterpillar.

“May ur soul rest in peace IJN Amen ????????.”
 

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