Rangers Int’l F.C seals landmark deal with Afrinvest 

Rangers International Football Club, Enugu( Flying Antelope)have sealed a landmark partnership contract with an investment and financial advisory firm, Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited, in the areas of infrastructure, logistics, brand management, sponsorship of jerseys and other training kits that will revive the football club for global competition. 

Speaking during the signing of the partnership agreement, Tuesday in Enugu, the governor said his administration had already indicated special interest in sports and would commit huge investment on the sector as a source of business, employment and revenue generation for the youths. 

The Governor noted that his administration was already creating an economic base to engage the youths and discourage them from leaving the country for greener pastures that never existed abroad. 

Gov. Mbah ,who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, said the state would continue to support meaningful investment venture in sports, technology and other essential areas to boost youths’ productivity. 

He said  the government was deliberate in making the state an attractive hub for investors, adding that it would continue to partner with the private sector, such as the one with Afrinvest, to achieve the vision of making Enugu one of the top three states in the country in terms of gross domestic product.

“But in doing that, I believe strongly that the private sector will play an integral role in catalyzing the process. What you are seeing is an example of that. Afrinvest is coming in to help with Rangers Football Club; branding the club, and being part of the process of growing the club. This is just the beginning of many things that will happen, both in the sports space, in the tech space, in many ways that will help catalyse an economy that we will all be proud of as Enugu State citizens,” he said. 

The Governor assured that the process of rebuilding the Enugu Rangers from scratch had already commenced, saying the football club was on its way to becoming the preferred club in the country.

“With the team we have here, we know that it’s just a matter of time before people will begin to understand that when you talk about Rangers in Enugu, you are going to have a different approach to viewing soccer and having the followership because young people need where they will go out, and now we have it. We are building the infrastructure around our stadium, and we are doing things that will help young people get into that space, ” Gov Mbah said.

Earlier, the Group Managing Director of Afrinvest, Engr Ike Chioke, said the efforts to bring professional partnership to the club dated years back culminating in the milestone of signing the agreement.

He promised that Afrinvest would do everything within its reach to rebrand the club and give it a global attraction with the plans on ground as part of the company’s social corporate responsibility to engender youth empowerment and development. 

Chioke also disclosed that the governor had already committed to the timely completion of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, so that Enugu Rangers could return back to the state for their training activities and matches.

He said the materials and infrastructures needed to give the stadium a befitting standard had already arrived the country, assuring fans that the project would be completed before the end of this year. 

“In terms of incentives to players, at Afrinvest, we are really there supporting on a global perspective. We don’t want to go into micro-management of the team. We rely on the professionals, like the General Manager, the team coach to manage, and they know what to do because some of them have been trained at FIFA, some at UEFA, and they have the right competencies. 

He charged the club to be dedicated and disciplined, imbibing the spirit of hardwork so that they could go and bring back the trophies to the state. 

On his part, the Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Lloyd Ekweremadu, lauded the partnership as timely and progressive, stressing that a new Rangers was underway. 

He said part of the project was the fifty million naira partnership contract which included the provisions of jerseys and other training kits for the players with clauses for future review.

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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