Breaking: #NPFLFinalDay Rangers International Are Champions
Four goals to nil is some kind of way to end your long season and officially onward crowned as the league champions. Rangers striker, Egbuchulam scored a hat trick and Okoro scored to give Rangers 4-0 against El-Kanemi Warriors and win their first league title in 32 years.
The Rangers, Flying Antelopes as they are fondly called amassed a total of 63 points from 38 games to end the season first among other 19 competing clubs.
Rangers International Football Club of Enugu popularly called Enugu Rangers is one of only two Nigerian division one football teams (along with Heartland) that has never been relegated. They also provided the bulk of players to the then Green Eagles, like giant goalkeeper Emma Okala, skipper Christian Chukwu, Aloysius Atuegbu and Ifeanyi Onyedika. Other former stars include Michael Emenalo, now at Chelsea of England, Augustine ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Onyekachi Apam, Edward Ofere and Joseph Enakarhire.
The players line-up that end the 32-year drought.
Goalkeeper: Nana bonso
Left Back: Chidiebere Okolie
Right Back: Etim Matthew
Central Defence 1: Okey Odita
Central Defence 2: Orji Kalu
Defensive Midfield: Christian Madu
Offensive Midfield 1: Osas Okoro
Offensive Midfield 1: Obinna Nwobodo
Forward 1: Ocheme Edoh
Forward 2: Chisom Egbuchulam
Forward 3: Bobby Clement
After full time whistle sounded from the center referee Ferdinand Udoh’s around Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and it sunk in that Rangers had won their first Nigeria topflight title after 32-years. It followed with Twitter exploded and it felt like Nigeria not Enugu took to the social media platform to congratulate them for well deserved win.
Below is some reaction from various Twitter handles.
Rangers International Honours:
Nigerian Professional Football League: 6
1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984
Nigerian FA Cup: 5
1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1983
1971, 1978, 1987, 1990, 2000, 2004, 2007
Nigerian Super Cup: 1
African Cup Winners’ Cup Winners: 1
Finalist in African Cup of Champions Clubs: 1