Enugu Rangers

Rangers retain Enugu State Federation Cup

Source: http://theeagleonline.com.ng/rangers-retain-enugu-state-federation-cup/

Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United

Rangers FC of Enugu on Sunday beat Coal City Youths 1-0 to retain the Enugu State Federation Cup.
Kelvin Itoya scored Rangers’ lone goal in the 20th minute from a defensive error.
Coal City Youths came back more determined in the second half, but wasted several scoring chances in front Rangers goal post.
Rangers’ Interim Coach, Chukwuma Agbo, praised the resilience of Coal City’s players and described the game as a test match for their Nigeria Professional Football League match against Gombe United.
Agbo said: “It is good that we retained the Enugu State Federation Cup we won last year because the trophy is always a motivator to players to keep doing well.”
He also hailed his players and expressed the hope that they would replicate their commitment in the NPFL in the second stanza.
His Coal City Youths counterpart, Godwin Onumonu, hailed his players saying that poor finishing in front of the goal robbed them the trophy.
Onumonu said: “You can see that we gave Rangers a run for our money but we needed maturity to outwit them but it was not found during the match.
“I wish Federation Cup is a two legged match so that we will have another opportunity but so be it.”
He said that his team would have battled Rangers to a standstill if not for the defensive errors that gave them the only goal of the match.


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 3 Kano Pillars 1

The reigning league champions have begun their road to recovery with a morale boosting win against Sai Masu Gida on Sunday

Enugu Rangers started their road to recovery from their abysmal start to the season with a 3-1 home win over Kano Pillars in a rearranged league tie played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium on Sunday.

The Flying Antelopes showed their intention to cut Sai Masu Gida to shreds right from start and this paid off when they stormed into the lead in the second minute through Chibuzor Madu who converted from the penalty spot after Ifeanyi George was felled in the vital area and they doubled the advantage four minutes later through Chiamaka Madu who netted from close range.

Despite leading by two goals to nil, Rangers never lowered their guard and they scored the third in the 45th minute through George who marked his debut for the reigning champions with a goal but Pillars reduced the arrears also in the added on time of the first half through Adamu Mohammed who was a former player of the Enugu side.

There was no further goal in the second half as Rangers held on stoutly to their 3-1 lead which has now taken their point tally to 16 from 15 games with four more matches yet to be played before they end their first round campaign. They will face Wikki Tourists also in Enugu on Wednesday in another rescheduled league tie.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/04/23/34865622/enugu-rangers-3-kano-pillars-1-flying-antelopes-wallop-sai

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

Enugu Rangers Technical Crew Receive 3 Match Ultimatum

In light of their disappointing start to the 2016/17 season, the handlers of the Flying Antelopes have been asked to post positive results in their next few outings or face exile

The management of Enugu Rangers have handed their technical crew headed by Imama Amapakabo a three-match ultimatum to turn the fortunes of the club around.

Rangers’ management had an emergency meeting on Friday in Enugu where the decision, in light of the Flying Antelopes’ abysmal performances in the league and on the continent, was taken.

And the technical crew have been mandated to win their next three matches starting with their Nigeria Professional Football League Matchday 15 encounter at Katsina United on Sunday.

General manager, Christian Chukwu also urged the players to improve their output in the course of the three games.

“The management of the club has decided to review the activities of the technical crew and the players in the course of the next three matches. They must win the next three matches because we can’t continue to tolerate the recent poor results of the team in the league and in the CAF Champions League which we have now exited,” Chukwu disclosed to Goal.

“We have told the players to shape up and that all eyes are on them to redeem their image in the CAF Confederation Cup assignment. We have been given second chance and it won’t speak well of us if we fail to make an impression again.”

“We have been given a second chance and it won’t speak well of us if we fail to make an impression again.”

Rangers were defeated 5-3 on aggregate in the CAF Champions League by Egyptian outfit, Zamalek and, on Wednesday, were welcomed back to the topflight with a 1-0 loss at Shooting Stars.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/03/25/33992982/enugu-rangers-technical-crew-get-three-match-ultimatum

LMC debits El Kanemi, Rangers to settle ailing Emeteole

Odiye, others rally support for coach
The League Management Company (LMC) yesterday revealed that it has deducted some amount of money from the sum accruing to Enugu Rangers and El Kanemi Warriors from sponsorship income to settle the debts the clubs owe bedridden Coach Kelechi Emeteole.

According to the LMC, the said amount represents salary claims by the coach on the two clubs, adding that it made the payment which will now be deducted from the clubs’ Annual Basic Award.

In a letter conveying the payment to Emeteole through his wife, Phoebe, LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko informed the family that the payment was made to their United Bank of Africa account and also notified them that the LMC was in contact with a group of former player colleagues of the coach based in the United States, led b y Godwin Odiye, who are also launching a fundraising campaign for Emeteole.

“I wish to formally notify you that following our previous discussion, … has now been paid into your bank account, the details of which were provided us by your wife, Mrs. Phoebe Emeteole”, the LMC wrote in the letter signed by Dikko.He explained that the LMC were unable to reach Heartland as the club was at the end of last season relegated from the NPFL.

The LMC actually made the payments and would deduct the said money from the two clubs when making the payout due to NPFL clubs from sponsorship incomes.

“Please note that this total sum consists of money being owed by El-Kanemi Warriors and Rangers International. We have been constrained in reaching Heartland FC for the similar purpose as the club is no longer in the NPFL”, Dikko explained.

Odiye, a teammate of Emeteole in the 1980 Nations Cup winning Green Eagles communicated the fundraising effort to the LMC through another former international and former Director General, National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, who also was in the 1980 victorious squad.

Source: https://guardian.ng/sport/lmc-debits-el-kanemi-rangers-to-settle-ailing-emeteole/

Rangers suffers defeat to Rivers United

Title holders Rangers suffered a 0-1 defeat at Rivers United while Kano Pillars hit Enyimba 3-1 in a feisty contest before a packed Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.

Rivers United needed just 58 seconds to race into the lead in one of the two big games of Sunday in the top division in Nigeria. Former Nasarawa United midfielder Esosa Igbinoba scored what turned out to be the winner for Rivers United.

In other games

The game in Kano produced three goals in the last 30 minutes plus a sending off in a dramatic finish.

The talking point before the contest was Pillars head coach Kadiri Ikhana naming a back-four of former Enyimba players. Chinedu Udoji, Bala Zakka, Emmanuel Anyanwu and Idris Aloma started in the defence of Pillars.

Kabiru Balogun opened the scoring on 24 minutes when his free kick, with a huge deflection, wrong-footed Enyimba goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai who made a return to his old stomping ground.

There was no more scoring in the first half but it took 16 minutes for Pillars to double their lead through Balogun after a long punt of a pass over the Enyimba defence freed the former Ikorodu United man with just Afelokhai to beat.

It was the third league goal Balogun would score against the Peoples Elephant in three appearances against them with the other for Ikorodu United in September 2016 in their 3-2 win.

Matters at the Kano stadium got interesting when referee Adebimpe Quadri signalled for a spot kick to Enyimba after Udoji was ruled to have handled the ball in his box. The Pillars defender was sent off and Stephen Chukwude stepped up to score on 69 minutes to cut the deficit for Enyimba.

With Pillars now at a numerical disadvantage, it was expected that Enyimba had a new lease of life to play themselves back into the contest. Ikhana then brought on Adamu Mohammed and Joel Djondang in attack and defence, and whatever his intention was worked magic as Enyimba did not make their one-man advantage count.

In added time, Gambo Mohammed, playing for the first time in two weeks after recovering from injury, latched onto Zakka’s long pass. His first attempt came off the post and he made no mistake from the rebound.

ABS FC, MFM FC, Lobi Stars, Akwa United and Sunshine Stars enjoyed 1-0 wins over Katsina United, Remo Stars, Gombe United, El-Kanemi Warriors and Wikki Tourists respectively.

Babangida Chindo’s first-half strike was enough for ABS FC to claim a sixth win of the season while Stephen Odey scored his seventh league goal of the season for MFM in the southwest derby against struggling Remo Stars.

Birthday boy Anthony Okpotu scored an early goal to hand Lobi a fifth league win just as Ibrahim Alhassan left it late to net the winning goal on 82 minutes for Akwa United to end El-Kanemi Warriors’ winning streak.

Ambrose Onyema was the hero for Sunshine Stars as his goal was enough to see off Wikki.

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) had to rely on a 70th-minute spot kick converted by Adebayo Abayomi to cancel Ibeh Johnson’s first-half goal for Plateau United. The game ended 1-1.

The southeast derby between FC Ifeanyiubah and Abia Warriors produced four goals. Sunday Adetunji gave Warriors the lead on 19 minutes before Stephen Eze equalised for FC Ifeanyiubah 12 minutes before the break.

Former Nigerian under-17 winger King Osanga gave FC Ifeanyiubah the lead on 65 minutes but it lasted only 14 minutes before Chinedu Ozor turned in the equaliser for Abia Warriors to finish the game at 2-2.

FC Ifeanyiubah have never beaten Abia Warriors in the Nigerian top flight.

Niger Tornadoes despatched Nasarawa United 2-0 with Musa Wakili and Ebenezer Odeyemi getting the goals.

Source: http://www.supersport.com/football/nigeria/news/170305/Enymba_Rangers_suffer_NPFL_defeats