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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.

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

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Enugu Rangers’ Godwin Aguda rejects N6 million-a-year pay from Rivers United

Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda has sensationally turned down an incredible six million Naira–a-year salary at Rivers United.

Aguda, the only remaining member of the dreaded Rangers’ quartet of Clement, Aguda, Nwobodo, Egbuchulam with the sobriquet of CANE, had held talks with Rivers United official and was offered a N6m annual salary.

Bobby Clement, Obinna Nwobodo and Egbuchulam have moved to Europe after helping Rangers win the 2015 NPFL title, their first silverware haul in 32 years.

The amount, it was further scooped, excluded other add-ons, meaning the dimunitive midfielder would receive at least N500, 000 as monthly salary.

“He (Aguda) showed interest in the offer, but he later backed out, preferring to remain at Rangers”, one of the player’s teammates said.

“Rivers United were even expecting him to join them at their Rojenny Stadium, Oba, training camp before the start of the South East/South South Preseason Tournament.

This was corroborated by an official of ‘The Pride of Rivers’ who confirmed the player and club discussed a transfer.

“Yes, there was such move to bring him to our club and we felt he would accept our offer”, the official said.

“But we won’t force any player, the career is his and as well the decision to move or not lies with him.

“Truth is, he is a good midfielder we believe could fit well into our philosophy, but we have to respect his decision”.

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Source: https://www.today.ng/sport/football/40189/enugu-rangers-godwin-aguda-rejects-year-pay-rivers-united

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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/

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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 Rangers Sign Ex-Nigeria U-17 Star Ezeh

In a bid to resuscitate their ailing form in the Nigeria Professional Football League, reigning champions Enugu Rangers have signed five players to bolster their squad Completesportsnigeria.com can report.

The players are former Golden Eaglets forward Chiderah Ezeh, Osamudiamen Adun from Nigerian National League side Insurance of Benin, former Ghana U-20 and Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Siedu Muntawakilu, Ifeanyi George from Enyimba of Aba and Bassey Akpan.

Rangers who have five outstanding games to play in the NPFL will return to the shores of the country on Tuesday from Zambia where they were eliminated from the CAF Confederations Cup competition.

They lost 3-0 to Zesco United of Zambia who advanced to the group phase of the tournament on a 5-2 aggregate after the first leg in Enugu a week ago ended in a 2-2 draw.

Enugu Rangers will also not play their game against Gombe United scheduled for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Wednesday Completesportsnigeria.com gathered as well.  The game has been postponed. The Flying Antelopes ended a 32-year wait to be crowned Nigeria champions last season. They are currently bottom of the NPFL log with 13 points from 14 games.

Source: https://www.completesportsnigeria.com/enugu-rangers-sign-ex-nigeria-u-17-star-ezeh-four-others/

 

Egbuchulam Happy To Sign For Sweden’s Hacken With “Real Age”

Nigerian forward Chisom Egbuchulam is delighted to have signed with Swedish top flight club BK Hacken, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Egbuchulam on Tuesday signed a contract till December 2017 with Hacken initially on loan from Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers, few days after telling Completespprtsnigeria.com he was on the verge of a move to Sweden.

“New Challenge. Thank God for your grace##BK HACKEN,” Egbuchulam tweeted on Tuesday, with a photo of himself in a Hacken shirt.

He however added a cryptic message, alluding to his ‘real age’.

“Thanks to God for making it possible for me to sign my first European contract with my real age and Thanks to my Family,Friends and Fans…” Uchegbulam wrote.

The forward’s profile has him at 25 years of age, having been born on 22 February, 1992.

He was instrumental in Rangers’ first Nigeria Professional Football League title in 32 years last season, forming a ruthless front four with Bobby Clement, Godwin Aguda and Obinna Nwodo as the Antelopes flew to the historic title.

Egbuchulam was close to a move to Tunisia but that fell through before the Sweden opportunity came along.

A statement on the Hacken’s official website confirmed the move. It said:”BK Hacken have cleared Nigerian Chisom Egbuchulam. The winger, who turned 25 last week, joined on loan from Enugu Rangers with an option of three years.”

Egbuchulam also spoke to the club’s official website. He said: “I am very happy to be here.

“BK Hacken is a good club with good conditions and I have received a lot of love from everyone at the club since I arrived. The players have welcomed me to the family and I look forward to working hard with them.

“I am a fast player who can play on either wing or centrally in the attack, good with the ball and have a good shot. I’ve come here to win titles – I want to score goals and help my team.”

Source: http://www.completesportsnigeria.com/egbuchulam-happy-sign-swedens-hacken-real-age/

Egwim ready to make comeback from injury

Source: Daily Post

Enugu Rangers striker, Ifeanyi Egwim, is preparing to make his return to action, following a horrific leg break on the final day of last season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) .

The 26-year-old has not played since he was stretchered off during the 4-0 home win over El-Kanemi Warriors on November 2, 2016.

Egwim has since undergone treatment at the National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu and absolved El-Kanemi goalkeeper Kazeem Yekeen of any blame for the incident.

“There was no contact with the goalkeeper. What happened was that I twisted my leg and landed on my shin,” he told Naija Made, SuperSport TV’s magazine programme for the NPFL.

“I would say that something else would have happened but I will say this has to be a divine incident. In my life, I have never played before such a crowd in my professional career.

“I am really grateful to the governor of Enugu State for showing concern and taking care of my bills. My wife has been my strength as she has stood by me.

“I will definitely come back. I am strong now but not too strong to start training. I believe from next month (February) I will start training and by first or second week of March I will join the team in training.”