Ex-Rangers, fans celebrate  NPFL trophy,  laud Gov Mbah’s support

It was a joyous moment, Monday evening,June 24, 2024, when players, management,staff of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu,  ,and their fans, as well as Ex- Rangers stars  trooped out at the Michael  Okpara Square, Enugu, to celebrate the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, trophy won by the team.

The team arrived Enugu in grand style, Monday afternoon, after winning their last league match for the season in Jos where they beat Gombe United 2:1 and were also officially crowned champions, having earlier won the title by thrashing Bendel Insurance of Benin 2:0 in their week 37 league encounter in Enugu.

Led by their captain, Chukwudi Nwaodu; team manager, Fidelis Ilechukwu; and the General Manager/CEO, Amobi Ezeaku, Rangers were welcomed  by the crowd consisting of the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Lloyd Ekweremadu; his Information and Communications counterpart, Aka Eze Aka; MD, Afrinvest West Africa, Ike Chioke; Executive Chairman, Enugu State Tourism Board, Rita Mbah;  Rangers legends led by Ex- Goal Keeper Emmanuel Okala; former Council Chairmen; and fans led by Emmanuel Okoh, aka Okwuluora.

Speaking, the GM, Amobi, thanked the fans for all the support given to the players and the entire team, noting also that the governor of the state, Dr. Peter Mbah, made a whole difference by believing in the team with all his heart and investing in all the resources needed to put the team in good spirit and shape to do the exploits.

“First, this is victory, not only for Rangers, but for Ndi Enugu and the entire Ndigbo. We thank our amiable governor for believing in us and giving us all the support. The only support we did not get was probably the one we did not ask for.

“However, the truth is that the journey has just begun, because the victory called for more work. We have to work harder and get even more prepared for the journey ahead. But we are the Never Say Die team. So, we assure you that we will continue to make you proud. We will retain this title next season because it has come to stay.

“Going into continental competitions, rest assured that we will make you proud,” he stated.

Amobi said because the trophy was for their supporters, the doors of Rangers office would be open for the next one month to enable their fans and supporters to have a feel of the trophy and take pictures with it.

While appreciating the fans and the governor for their unflinching support, the Commissioner for Youth and Sport, Lloyd Ekweremadu, assured fans that Rangers would be going into continental competitions more fortified, describing the club as a national pride and brand.

In an interview, Rangers’ International Football club legend, Emma Okala, said the aim  of the game was to win and the former players would stand by the team to see them to victory.

Pix- Rangers Legend, Emmanuel Okala

“The governor has done very well for the level of support he gave to the players, I must confess. Putting the stadium in order to enable them to play their home matches at the Cathedral instead of Awka was a major clincher,” he said.

Okala congratulated the players for their victory and urged them to work hard  to win the CAF cup.

Pix- Rangers supporter/ sponsor, Emmanuel Okoh( Okwuluora)

A top fan /co- sponsor of the club, Emmanuel Okoh, vowed to continue to give his all to ensure that Rangers excel in the coming season and continental competitions.

Okoh donated  cash to Rangers legend, Emma Okala, Rangers’ supporters club  and some fans..

Pix- Ex Captain Under 20, National female football , Ex- Falconet, Ex- Super Falcon, Gloria Ofoegbu


Pix: MD, Afrinvest, Morris Okolo

Others who spoke in interviews were former chairman of Enugu East local Government Area , former ALGON chairman Hon. Okechukwu Edeh,, Morris  Okolo, Managing Director ,Afrinvest, Investment managers Ltd, Gloria Ofoegbu, Ex- Captain Under -20, member , representing Nkanu East State Constituency, at the ß state House of Assembly, Hon .Anthony  Okey Mbah ,. They all  commended the state Governor Dr. Peter Mbah for his support to Rangers , especially for refurbishing the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium ( the Cathedral) and ensuring that Rangers came back home to play their matches.

Pix: Former Chairman,Nkanu East Local Government Area and Immediate past ALGON chairman, Hon Okechukwu Edeh

Pix: Hon Anthony Okey Mbah, member representing Nkanu East State Constituency at the Enugu state House of Assembly.

They expressed happiness with the victory and urged Rangers club team to continue to be united and  ,committed, inorder to perform well in the African  Continental championship.

Highlight of the event was a raffle draw and presentation of prizes to the winners .

Author: Maureen Ikpeama

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