Enugu Rangers Protest CAF Cup Afternoon Kick-Off

 

Enugu Rangers have protested over the afternoon kick-offs of their home games in the African Confederation Cup which they say will negatively affect their performance and their gate receipts.

Rangers host Egyptian club Pyramid in their first group game at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, southeastern Nigeria, on Sunday, December 1 at 2.00 PM local time (1300 GMT).

They are also drawn against another Egyptian club Al Masry as well as FC Nouadhibou from Mauritania.

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Rangers general manager Davidson Owumi said in an appeal letter to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that playing on an artificial pitch in the heat of the afternoon will be “punishing” for his team.

“We understand and appreciate the fact that CAF reserves the right to fix a time for matches from the group stage of the club competition but we find it extremely difficult to factor in the 14.00 hours time picked for us due largely to the humidity of the season,” Owumi wrote.

“Playing our scheduled matches at the time fixed will lead to loss of revenue, punishment for the players, who are the main actors on the pitch, and the spectators that would be sun-baked if they turn up for the matches with temperatures reaching as high as 40 degrees centigrade on an artificial field.”

He suggested 4 pm kickoffs.

AFP

Enugu Rangers Make Incredible Comeback To Win Aiteo Cup

Enugu Rangers Make Incredible Comeback To Win Aiteo Cup
Enugu Rangers’ Ajani Ibrahim heads the ball into the goalpost to score the third goal for his team in the Aiteo Cup final match against Kano Pillars at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, on October 24, 2018.

 

Enugu Rangers produced a dramatic comeback to level 3-3 draw with Kano Pillars at full time on Wednesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

The South-East based club then went on to beat Pillars 4-2 via penalties to emerge champions of the 2018 Aiteo Cup.

The game started at a high tempo with Kano Pillars taking the lead as early as the fifth minute when midfielder Rabiu Ali fired in a fierce shot from a close range.

Moments later, Ibrahim Alassan’s corner kick was pushed into a goal by Rangers goalkeeper, Femi Thomas, to ensure Kano Pillars takes a 2-0 lead into the break.

At the start of the second half, Nyima Nwagua scored the third goal for Pillars, leaving Rangers with a huge mountain to climb.

However, the comeback fight for the Rangers started in the 77th minute when Kelvin Itoya scored a stunner.

Chidera Ezeh kept hopes alive when he scored the second goal for the Enugu side in the 82nd minute.

Kano Pillars had a chance to seal victory but Junior Lokosa’s effort was stopped by Nana Bonso.

On the other end, Ajani Ibrahim produced an unbelievable header to level the scores and send the game to penalties.

In the penalty shoot-out, Rabiu Ali missed the first kick for Kano Pillars while goalkeeper saved Jimoh Ibrahim’s kick.

Isaac Loute took the decisive kick for Rangers and scored to secure an incredible victory for the Enugu based club.

It is the first FA Cup win for Enugu Rangers since 1983.

The team have also picked a ticket to next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

Kano Pillars Sack Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana

Shooting Stars, Kadiri Ikhana, NPFLKano Pillars Technical Adviser, Kadiri Ikhana, has been sacked ahead of the second stanza of the league.

The former Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions suffered a 1-3 defeat to defending champions, Enugu Rangers, in a rescheduled game on Sunday.

The 65-year-old paid for the club’s lack of results, seeing them lie 12th with seven wins in 19 games.

Coach Ikhana was appointed as Mohammed Babaganaru’s successor, following Pillars unimpressive campaign last season.

The team has conceded 16 goals and scored 16 in their 19-league games this season to be sitting three points from safety.

Enugu Rangers Sack Head Coach, Imama Amakapabo

Enugu Rangers Sack Head Coach, Imama AmakapaboNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers have sacked their head coach, Imama Amapakabo.

Mr Amapakabo confirmed to Channels Television that his contract was terminated on Monday by his employers.

The coach signed a two-year contract with the Flying Antelopes last season, but only saw out just over a year of the deal.

His assistant, Chukwuma Agbo will take charge of the team in an interim capacity until a new head coach is appointed.

The sacking has left Amapakabo with ample time to concentrate on his duties as one of the assistant coaches for the Super Eagles.

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat Opponents

NPFL: Rivers United, MFM FC Defeat OpponentsIt was a delightful match for Rivers United as they defeated defending champions Enugu Rangers on Sunday evening.

The Nigerian south-south team, who finished second last season, beat their visitors 1-0 to clinch their third win of the season.

Elsewhere, MFM FC thrashed Remo 1-0 while Akwa United beat El-Kanemi Warriors 1-0 at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.

Sunshine Stars also defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0, just as the clash between ABS FC and Katsina United ended in same score line.

Also, Lobi Stars beat visiting Gombe United 1-0; Niger defeated Nasarawa 2-0 while Kano Pillars recorded the biggest feat with a 3-1 win against Enyimba International.

Meanwhile, the game between FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Abia Warriors ended 2-2 while Shooting Stars held league leaders Plateau United to a 1-1 draw.

MFM Beat Enugu Rangers 2-1 In NPFL Clash

MFM, Enugu Rangers, NPFLMFM FC on Friday defeated champions Enugu Rangers 2-1 in a matchday 10 tie of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

During the match played at the Agege Stadium in Lagos, Sikiru Olatunbosun fired a screamer to put the Lagos club ahead in the 32nd minute.

Stephen Odey increased the goal tally in the 56th minute, just as Bobby Clement pulled one back for the Flying Antelopes 10 minutes to full time.

MFM have moved to the second spot with 16 points while Rangers are 16th with nine points on the league table.

Enugu Rangers, Rivers United Advance In CAF Champions League

Federation Cup, enugu rangers, Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, NPFLTwo of Nigeria’s representatives at the CAF Champions League, Enugu Rangers and Rivers United, are through to the first round of the competition.

Rangers on Sunday evening held visiting J.S Saoura of Algeria to a goalless draw to advance on the away goal rule.

The Nigerian southeast-based club had held their visitors to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

The Nigeria Professional Football League defending champions will face Egyptian side, Zamalek in the next round.

Similarly, Rivers United edged out Mali’s A.S Real Bamako 4-0 to advance on a four zero aggregate.

The Nigerian said will face Sudanese club, Al-Marrikh in the first round of the competition.

Federation Cup Final To Be Played On November 6

federation cupFederation CupThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have confirmed that this year’s men and women Federation Cup final, will be played at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, on November 6, 2016.

Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens will lock horns in the women’s finals which kicks off by 1pm.

While the much-anticipated final between Ifeanyi Ubah Football Club and Nasarawa United will also take place at same venue with the match expected to start at 3.30pm.

Lagos state has hosted the last five finals of the Federation Cup.

Nasarawa United shocked defending champions Enyimba to make it into their dream final, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah defeated giant killers Crown FC 2-1 in Kaduna.

Winners in the Federation Cup get to represent Nigeria in Africa’s second tier club competition, the CAF Confederation Cup.

Enugu Rangers Win First Football League Title In 32 Years

Enugu-RangersEnugu Rangers have won the Nigeria Professional Football League for the first time in 32 years.

The flying antelopes on Sunday evening beat visiting El-Kanemi Warriors by 4-0 at a fully packed Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.

Chisom Egbuchulam opened scoring just after three minutes from the penalty box. An El-Kanemi team member in the defence line had touched the ball with his hand.

Pressure mounted and Osas Okoro made it two just before half time.

Egbuchulam got the third and fourth goals in the 64th and 94th minutes to hand rangers the title.

The new NPFL champions will get a CAF Champions League ticket for next season and 40 million Naira from the League Management Company for their efforts.

It was the Coal City side’s seventh top-flight title gotten on pretty 63 points, three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United.

After the club’s heroic performance, the team’s happy head coach, Imama Amapakabo, could not hold his joy.

Amapakabo said he was excited winning the top-flight title in his first stint as head coach of the Enugu outfit.

“It’s unfortunate that the whole season campaign has to end on somehow sad note with the last minute injury on substitute, Ifeanyi Egwim.

“However, we are thankful to God that Enugu Rangers are champions of the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

“This glorious performance happened after anxious waiting for a whole 32 years.

“The players have been exceptionally wonderful from start to finish and they truly imbibe the catchword campaign ‘believe’.

“I’m excited beyond word and need to sleep and wake up as well as pinch myself severally to be sure that what is going on at the moment is not mere dream but reality.

“I know we are champions after the hard fought win at Ikorodu United but I wanted us to be pronounced officially as champions after the final day clash against El Kanemi Warriors.

“I’m happy winning the top-flight title in my first stint as coach of Enugu Rangers.

“I want to sleep over what is going on right now perhaps when I wake up the celebration will start in full swing,” he told Super Sports.

Amapakabo Wants Rangers To Hold On To Celebration

Federation Cup, enugu rangers, Rangers, Imama Amapakabo, NPFLEnugu Rangers head coach, Imama Amapakabo, wants his team to hold to their celebrations despite being just a point away from becoming champions in the 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The Flying Antelopes recorded an impressive 2-1 win over relegated, Ikorodu United on Sunday in Abeokuta to boost the chances of winning their seventh top-flight title.

Amapakabo told Channels Television that although the side are close to winning the title they still have to win the last day match against El Kanemi Warriors to be properly crowned the undisputed champions.

Enugu Rangers are top on the league table with  60 points; three ahead of closest challengers, Rivers United with a game to play.

Remo Stars Promoted

Meanwhile, coach of Remo Stars, Nduka Ugbade says his side are not carried away after gaining promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League next season.

Coach Ugbade told Channels Television that the team would rather concentrate on their last league game against UNICEM Rovers at home.

No matter the outcome of the game, Remo Stars are heading to the NPFL for the first time, having recorded an unassailable 28 points in their Division B1 of the NNL.

But Ugbade says they plan to finish a successful campaign on a high in front of their fans in Ijebu-Ode to justify the investment of club owner, Kunle Soname.

NPFL: Abia Warriors Vow To ‘Fight’ Wikki In Bauchi

wikki tourists, NPFL, Abia WarriorsAbia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia striker, Chinenye Agoha, has declared that they will give Wikki Tourists a run for their money when they clash in this weekend’s matchday 28 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter at the Abubakar Tafewa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi.

Agoha, who scored the only goal in Abia Warriors’ 1-0 victory over visiting Warri Wolves last Sunday in Umuahia, said the win was a sign of better days ahead.

“We had some bad results in the recent past mainly because of the injury which hit many of our key players but we have overcome that now and ready to re-establish ourselves as one of the best in Nigeria”, Agoha, a mid-season signing said.

According to the Afugiri, Umuahia-born hitman who joined Abia Warriors from Giwa FC of Jos, the players have made up their minds to fight for a good result in Bauchi this weekend.

“We know Wikki is good this season, we are also good and that is why fans should expect good football this weekend”, he said.

Agoha, who was one of the players released by the League Management Company (LMC) to join a club of their choice after Giwa was thrown out of the league for not honouring three matches earlier this season, said he has already warned his captain and friend at Giwa, Charles Henlong who is now with Wikki Tourists to get ready for him as Abia Warriors were not in Bauchi on a picnic but on a serious business.

He said that he was pleased the way the league is being run now as anybody can pick points anywhere without any incidents and commended the LMC and the referees for a job well done so far.

Federation Cup: Round of 16 Matches Postponed

Federation Cup, NFFThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has postponed matches of the Round of 16 of the 2016 Men Federation Cup competition as well as the quarter–final matches of the women competition due to the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations.

After the Federal Government announcement on Friday that there would be public holidays on Tuesday, 5th July and Wednesday, 6th July for the Eid-el-Fitri celebrations, the NFF had to reschedule the Round of 16 matches of the men’s competition and the quarter final matches of the women’s event for Tuesday, 12th July and Wednesday, 13th July 2016.

Sunshine Stars of Akure go up against Akwa United in Makurdi on Tuesday, 12th July as Crown FC of Ogbomosho and Enugu Rangers go for a tug in Kaduna on the same day.

In–form Rivers United and five–time champions Shooting Stars will now battle at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 13th July, as Wikki Tourists of Bauchi confront Plateau United in Akure in other all –NPFL clashes.

NPFL side FC IfeanyiUbah will take on Katsina United at the Kwara Sports Complex, Ilorin on Wednesday, 13th July while Nasarawa United will test might with Dynamite FC of Benin City at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on the same day as Warri Wolves are up against Prime FC of Oshogbo at the Aper Aku Stadium, Makurdi.

The postponed Round of 32 clash between Enyimba FC and El-Kanemi Warriors will come up in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July, keeping Round of 16 opponents J. Atete on holiday.

In the women’s competition, Abia Angels will take to the field in Lokoja against Nasarawa Amazons, as Delta Queens and Katsina Queens do battle in Abuja on Tuesday, 12th July.

Champions Sunshine Queens will tango with Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt in Abuja on Wednesday, 13th July and Bayelsa Queens and COD United Ladies of Lagos trade tackles in Oleh.

 

Men’s Round Of 16

Akwa United Vs Sunshine Stars         – Makurdi    – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Crown FC Vs Enugu Rangers            – Kaduna     – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Rivers United Vs Shooting Stars         – Kaduna     – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Wikki Tourists Vs Plateau United       – Akure       – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Katsina United Vs FC IfeanyiUbah      – Ilorin        – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Prime FC Vs Warri Wolves               – Makurdi    – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Dynamite FC Vs Nasarawa United      – Lokoja      – 13/7/16     – 4pm.

J. Atete Vs Enyimba FC/El-Kanemi Warriors

Note: Enyimba FC Vs El-Kanemi Warriors Round of 32 to be played in Abuja on Wednesday, July 13 by 4pm.

 

Women’s Quarter Finals

Nasarawa Amazons Vs Abia Angels    – Lokoja      – 12/7/16     – 4pm

Delta Queens Vs Katsina Queens        – Abuja        – 12/7/16     – 2pm

COD United Vs Bayelsa Queens         – Oleh                  – 13/7/16     – 4pm

Sunshine Queens Vs Rivers Angels     – Abuja        – 13/7/16     – 4pm