Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu

Etor commends well behaved Enugu Rangers fans

The Flying Antelopes’ striker has praised their fans and supporters for not disrupting their home tie with the Desert Scorpions on Sunday.

Enugu RangersEtor’ Daniel has commended their fans for remaining very calm and orderly throughout their league tie with Gombe United at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium as they shunned the call for reprisal attacks on the Desert Scorpions for the incident in Pantami Stadium two weeks ago.

Etor stated that they appealed to their fans and supporters to comport themselves and show the hospitality of Enugu people to Gombe United in spite of what happened to them in Gombe and he was relieved that they listened to them and allowed the game to flow throughout its duration.

“It was not an easy task calming the fans down because they actually wanted to avenge what happened to some of us in Gombe but we were able to appeal to them to sheathe their swords knowing that a reprisal attack will have dire consequences on us in terms of fine and point deductions,” Etor told Goal.

“It was even more difficult to speak to the fans judging by the fact that Gombe United scored first in the 15th minute and were almost going into the halftime with the 1-0 lead before we managed to get the equalizer through Godwin (Aguda). We waited patiently and we were rewarded with the second goal in the dying moments of the match.”

The home win ensured that the Flying Antelopes moved to 14th on the league table with 26 points from 20 games ahead of their weekend tie with Abia Warriors in Umuahia.

Source: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4111/npfl/2017/05/23/35760792/etor-commends-well-behaved-enugu-rangers-fans

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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 to unleash Champions League form against Lobi

Enugu Rangers defender, Ugwu Uwadiegwu has assured that his side will use its CAF Champions League form to prosecute the rescheduled NPFL week 7 fixture against Lobi Stars today at the ‘Cathedral’ in Enugu.

Rangers played a goalless draw with JSS Saoura of Algeria last Sunday but progressed to the first round of the CAF Champions League, courtesy of the 1-1 draw they recorded in the first leg in Algeria.

In appreciation, the government Enugu State increased the team’s bonuses and morale in the camp of the ‘flying antelopes’ is really high at the moment.

Speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the hard tackling defender expressed confidence that Rangers will pick the maximum points against Lobi Stars in today’s match.

He said the reigning NPFL champions are not going to leave any stone unturned in their bid to beat Lobi Stars and improve their standing on the table.

He, however, said it will not be an easy task because any fixture involving the two clubs is never easy.

According to him, Lobi Stars are tricky customers so Rangers will be careful in handling them.

“We have put behind us the success in the preliminary round of the CAF Champions League. It was a hard fought battle but we thank God that we were able to come out victorious.

“Our match against Lobi Stars is equally important because it will help us move up the table. We are targeting an outright win over them.

“Our management has raised our morale so we are in the right state of mind to face Lobi Stars.

“They will be difficult but I don’t see them denying us the maximum points. It is our home match and we are going to make good use of all the available advantages,” he said.

In other rescheduled matches, Katsina United will host FC IfeanyiUbah, Wikki Tourists will welcome 3SC just as Kano Pillars will be guests of Rivers United at the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port-Harcourt.

Source: http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/sports/rangers-to-unleash-champions-league-form-against-lobi/186314.html

CAF Championship: Enugu to demolish illegal structures at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium

By Chinedu Adonu

AHEAD of the on-going CAF Championship to be played between Nigeria’s representative, Enugu Rangers Intenational Football Club and the J.S Saoura of Algeria on Sunday, February 19, 2017, Enugu State Government may demolish illegal structures at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, venue of the match. Commissioner for Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority, ECTDA, Mr. Chidi Aroh who hinted that the illegal structures might be demolished, said that the illegal structures defaced the aesthetics of the Stadium and as such constituted an eyesore.

Aroh who conducted newsmen round the stadium to witness the illegal structures that tended to threaten the stadium to the extent that it could bring a collapse of the edifice, said that his Ministry had informed the owners of structures to desist from further construction and the demolish forthwith the existing structures , lamented that since November last year they marked the structures for removal, the owners have remained adamant, hence the need to have them demolished. The Commissioner said that when CAF officials came for inspection of facilities at the Stadium last year ahead of the Championship, the state government had signed an undertaking that before the tournament, the illegal structures would have been removed and the Stadium put in the proper shape for the championship. It could be recalled that NFF had threatened that unless the obsolete facilities at the Stadium were put in place, the CAF championship and even local matches may not be played at the Stadium, hence the Enugu State Government efforts to put the Stadium in order ahead of the continental meet. The Commissioner who was conducted round the stadium by the Chairman of Enugu FA,

It could be recalled that NFF had threatened that unless the obsolete facilities at the Stadium were put in place, the CAF championship and even local matches may not be played at the Stadium, hence the Enugu State Government efforts to put the Stadium in order ahead of the continental meet. The Commissioner who was conducted round the stadium by the Chairman of Enugu FA, Mr. Chidi Ejiofor Okenwa, pointed out that toilets and conveniences at the Stadium have been converted to shops and other business ventures other than the recreational facility for which it was meant for. Aroh lamented that the worst part of the illegal structures at the Stadium is that people built lock up shops on top of sewage facilities at the Stadium, there forcing those using the Stadium to seek conveniences elsewhere. “This is one of the most important place I have brought you here today. This is the greatest disaster because there are built on sewage.

We had an undertaking with CAF that we’ll put the place in order before the championship,” Aroh said and lamented that the stores and shops were allocated to government officials few days before the present administration came to power and wondered why people sane enough should built in such places. “The structures were allocated seven days before the present administration took over and they all have allocation letters. The Commissioner said that the demolition might take place in order to save lives and property at the Stadium because such structures might add load to the Stadium and bring about its collapse. He noted that though the cost of demolition might be much and cost

“The structures were allocated seven days before the present administration took over and they all have allocation letters. The Commissioner said that the demolition might take place in order to save lives and property at the Stadium because such structures might add load to the Stadium and bring about its collapse. He noted that though the cost of demolition might be much and cost government a fortune but that saving life far outweighs the money to be expended on the demolition in order to save life. Aroh pointed out that Rangers was the darling team of not only Enugu people but the entire Igbo race and for this reason, they cannot afford to loose hosting the CAF Championship because of the handiwork of some undesirable element that trespassed where they should not.

Source: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/02/caf-championship-enugu-demolish-illegal-structures-nnamdi-azikiwe-stadium/

Abia Warriors dent Enugu Rangers’ NPFL title defence

Source: http://guardian.ng/sport/abia-warriors-dent-enugu-rangers-npfl-title-defence-3sc-enyimba-mfm-win/

Enugu Rangers began the defence of their Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title on a worst possible note when they lost to visiting Abia Warriors 2-1 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.

Rangers, who took the league by storm last season, gave their fans an impression of a beautiful day when new boy, Fortune Omoniwari, opened scores in the 10th minute off a tantalising cross by left-back Chidiebere Okoli. But Abia Warriors would have none of that, as they equalised just 12 minutes later through Emeka Isaac’s deflected shot.

The Okey Emordi tutored ‘Ochendo Boys’ took the lead with 18 minutes left in the game when Godwin Zaki converted a penalty 18 minutes from time for the Umuahia-based club’s first win in Enugu.