Ahead of Friday’s Orange CAF Champions League match between Enugu Rangers International Football Club (the Flying Antelopes) and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State yesterday met with the management, staff and players of Rangers shortly before the club’s departure to Algeria.
He charged them to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.
The Governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition.”
He said that the state remained grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Football League, adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.”
“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.
“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi stated.
Also at the meeting, a staunch supporter of Enugu Rangers, Mr. Charles Ugwu, promised N1million for every goal scored by the team in Algeria. Mr. Ugwu noted that the club was not just a team but also a movement that had united the Igbos over the years.
Mr. Ugwu assured the governor that he would, alongside other supporters of the club, galvanize massive support for the team.
In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, said that the players were determined and out for business to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.
The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, had departed for Lagos en route Algeria for the match on Friday in a CAF Champions league group match with the J.S Saoura of Algeria.