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.

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Euro returnees Ogbuke, Anyora inspire Enugu Rangers to beat Katsina United

Enugu Rangers Europe returnee Felix Ogbuke has told Scorenigeria.com.ng he has refilled enough gas to fire from all cylinders after making his return debut in the NPFL Matchday 4 thriller against rampant Katsina United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu Wednesday.

“It is good to get back. I really feel good. It is like I just warmed up, so I now have the gas to flow”, Ogbuka said.

Ogbuke drew loud applause after rising from the bench to come into the fray as coach Gbenga Ogunbote withdraws Ifeanyi George after 65 minutes.

Rangers will travel to Nasarawa United for this weekend’s Matchday 5 clash with the former youth international hoping to enjoy more playing time.

“We will be away to Nasarawa United on Sunday, so I expect to be better and play more,” he said.

Former U23 Olympic Eagles winger Felix Ogbuke and Ugonna Anyora made their Enugu Rangers return debut as ‘The Flying Antelopes claimed a pyrrhic 1-0 win over impressive Katsina United in this NPFL thriller at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Ogbuke starred for 25 minutes in the game after coming on for Ifeanyi George on 65 minutes, just as Anyora who came on for Chiamaka Madu enjoyed 36 minutes playing time.

The third Europe returnee, Okeke Chukwuebuka, was an unused sub.

But it was Anyora who made an instant impact as he brought life and spark back into Rangers, spraying precise passes like a fleeing porcupine.

Godwin Aguda emerged hero on the night when he headed into the top corner after Katsina United goalkeeper ex-junior international Dami Paul murderously failed to deal properly with Itoya Kevin’s cross, dropping the ball for advancing Aguda to net his first goal of the season for Rangers.

It was an open and keen contest with both sides sharing equal wasted scoring chances.

Ifeanyi George was the worst culprit, directing his effort over the crossbar on 32 minutes after he was played through on goal by Bright Silas.

Rangers should have taken the lead on the dot of half time, but captain Okey Odita could not bring his head low to nod into the net on the near post from Aguda delivery following a corner kick.

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Source: http://scorenigeria.com.ng/2018/01/25/euro-returnees-ogbuke-anyora-inspire-enugu-rangers-to-beat-katsina-united/

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.

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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

Rangers’ high morale excites Ogunbote

Technical Adviser of seven-time Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enugu Rangers International FC, Coach Olugbenga Ogunbote, has said he is highly impressed with the positive attitude exhibited by players of the club after resuming training in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, AOIFootball.com reports.

The former Enyimba of Aba coach, while addressing the players at the main bowl of Dipo Dina International Stadium, praised their show of dedication and determination to the training regimes whilst calling on them to maintain the level they have been able attain.

“I must say that you have really impressed me with your output since we started this camping exercise. The level you are now is good and I believe that before we end the camping exercise, we would be at our best,” stated the vastly experienced gaffer.

It would be recalled that twenty players and seven officials left the players camp of the club at Nkponkiti road, Enugu, Thursday, for a scheduled two weeks close camping program in Ijebu-Ode to strategise for the fast approaching 2017/2018 NPFL season.

The team of thirty three players, twelve officials are currently quartered at the cozy Pebbles Suites and train twice daily at the Dipo Dina Stadium.

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Source: http://aoifootball.com/2017/12/30/rangers-high-morale-excites-ogunbote/

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/

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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