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Enyimba hold Rangers to a 1-1 draw in Enugu

Enugu – Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and Enyimba International FC of Aba on Sunday drew 1-1 draw in a week 37 match of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The visiting Enyimba surprised the hosts with good resilience from the first to the last blast of the referee’s whistle in the match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

The visitors even put much more pressure on their hosts in the opening minutes, resulting in a penalty kick for them in the 23rd minute, which Ikechukwu Ibenegwu brilliantly converted. Rangers fought back in the second half, forcing the visitors to commit a defensive blunder in the 87th minute for a penalty kick which Chibuzo Madu converted for the equaliser. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rangers’ fans wildly celebrated the equaliser, after having lost all hopes of their team coming back into the match. Speaking later, Rangers’ Team Manager, Ameobi Ezeaku, thanked the fans for believing in the team even in a difficult match. Ezeaku, however, said the match was a difficult one for his team, praising his players for fighting relentlessly to get the draw. Enyimba’s coach Gbenga Ogunbote, on his part, said it was painful for him that a last-minute defensive blunder cost his team victory and the three maximum points. “It is unfortunate that we did not clinically conclude this match. However, our goal of picking a ticket to play on the continent in 2018 will be pursued to the last match,’’ Ogunbote assured.(NAN)
Source: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/09/npfl-rangers-enyimba-draw-1-1-tough-oriental-derby/

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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 ????????.”
 

CAF Confederation Cup: Zesco United hold Rangers in Enugu

Reigning Nigeria League champions, Enugu Rangers, blew away a two-goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw in their CAF Confederation Cup 1st leg Round of 32 clash with Zambian club, Zesco United, on Sunday.

It was another disappointing display from the Flying Antelopes who have been struggling on the domestic scene and on the continent.

After failing the test in the CAF Champions League, Rangers were expected to do better in the second-tier club competition but that seems not to be the case at the moment.

The struggling NPFL champions couldn’t secure a win at home at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and must now do that away in Zambia or better still record a higher scoring draw.

In Sunday’s game, Captain Chibuzor Madu scored the first goal for Rangers from the penalty spot in the 24th minute

Osas Okoro then doubled the advantage early in the second half. But in a rather disappointing manner, Rangers allowed the visitors back into the game.

Zesco will fancy their chance of progressing to the next phase as they did well to score two goals which saw the game ending in a 2-2 draw.

Source: http://www.premiumtimesng.com/sports/football/228400-caf-confederation-cup-zesco-united-hold-rangers-enugu.html

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 Rangers Crash Out Of CAF Champions League

Nigeria’s remaining representative at the 2017 CAF Champions League, Rangers International of Enugu have crashed out of the competition.

The Nigeria Professional Football League champions defeated Egypt’s Zamalek 2-1 with goals from Tope Oluseni and Godwin Aguda at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

However, it was not enough to see Rangers through as they bowed out of the continent’s biggest club competition 5-3 on goals aggregate.

Both Rangers and Rivers United have slipped to the CAF Confederation Cup play-off round.

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/