Enugu Rangers Crash Out Of CAF Champions League

Enugu Rangers Crash Out Of CAF Champions LeagueNigeria’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.

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.

Sharks FC Get Reprieve From NFF

nffSharks FC will play their next three home matches at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, starting with the match day 37 fixture against Kwara United on Sunday, November 8.

The decision was sequel to ruling of the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) disciplinary committee on an appeal filed by Sharks FC over an abandoned match day 36 fixture against Nasarawa United in Lafia.

The League Management Company (LMC) had fined Sharks 3 million naira, and ruled that they would forfeit the match to Nasarawa United and also be docked three points and three goals from the already accrued points.

But the disciplinary committee ordered Sharks to pay 5 million naira and also forfeit the three points and three goals to Nasarawa United but would play their next three matches in Enugu.

CAF Champions League: Rangers Held To A Draw

[highlight]Enugu Rangers, Nigeria’s representative in the 2013 CAF Champions League could only scrape a 0-0 draw against Angola’s Recreativo Libolo on home soil at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium yesterday.[/highlight]

With this result, Enugu Rangers has boxed itself and its chances of moving to the next round of the competition as they will hold by the Angolan club for the second leg in a fortnight to end the third round tie which will determine who moves on or bow out.

It was rather unfortunate for Rangers as from the blow of the whistle, it was an attacking strategy but for the Angolan keeper Landu ensured that Rangers didn’t get the much desired win on home soil as he stopped all efforts to get the ball behind him failed even though Rangers were gifted an opportunity to lead through Emeka Eze in the dying minute but he went off target, ending the game at a drab 0-0 draw.

Goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim captained Enugu Rangers into the encounter. it would be recalled that Agbim and another Rangers players Sunday Mba were in the heat of a transfer saga that left Rangers an option of paying quickly for Agbim’s transfer fee to Warri Wolves to ensure the goalkeeper get registered for the encounter because Agbim was the only fit goalkeeper Rangers could boast ahead of the CAF Champion league clash of Sunday.