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Enugu Stands Still For Rangers

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The coal city of Enugu stood still on Saturday in honour of Nigeria champions Rangers, who showed off their league crown across the city in a victory parade.
The victory motorcade, draped in Rangers traditional red and white colours, took off from the Rangers camp in Emene at about 10am and they passed through Abakpa Nike, Trans Ekulu before they terminated at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, where they had thrashed El Kanemi 4-0 on the final day of the season to be champions again after a 32-year wait.
Coach Imama Amapakabo as well as top stars like Obinna Nwobodo, Bobby Clement, Christian Madu and Etim Matthew were part of the carnival.
“I challenged Rangers to win something and this is now possible,” said Imama.
“This is a big celebration. It is trophy we won with joy and tears. Under rain and sun we fought, but I am happy today, we are all happy,” said goalkeeper trainer Sulaiman Shuaibu.
The fans came out in large numbers to celebrate with the champions.
In the meantime, sports commissioner Charles Ndukwe has announced that Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will host both players and officials of Rangers tomorrow at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Enugu, where striker Ifeanyi Egwim is fast recovering from a major leg injury he suffered on the final day of action.
The Governor is expected to on this day pledge his reward to the new Nigeria champions.
Officials said the reception was delayed because government wanted to put some logistics in place before the event.

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CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad

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Coach Kennedy Boboye admitted that Akwa United failed in their bid to replace the players that left the club.
Boboye revealed this in his post match confe-rence after Akwa United kick-started their 2021-2022 CAF Champions League campaign with a 1-0 win over CR Belouizdad of Algeria on Sunday.
The Promise Keepers lost influential stars like Charles Atshimene and Olisa Ndah to CD Feirense of Portugal and Orlando Pirates of South Africa respectively earlier this month.
Recall that Ndah and Atshimene played key role in Akwa United’s NPFL title victory and Boboye admitted that the club was unable to bring in replacement.
He said: “This is what we have gotten. Most of the players we tried to get did not come.”
“We can’t stop players from travelling. It is unfortunate that we started the tournament very early.”
“We have not been able to play together for a long time. By the time we surpass this stage, we would be better than before,” he said.

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Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach

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Nigeria Professional Football League New Boys, Remo Stars are on the verge of appointing Gbenga Ogunbote as their new coach.
Reports revealed that Remo Stars manage-ment will appoint the former Enyimba and Sunshine Stars boss to take over the reign from Daniel Ogunbodede who tutored the team last season.
Ogunbote was spot-ted with the Ikenne-based club during the just concluded NNL Super 8 in Enugu.
The club is set to announce the mana-gerial change in the coming days, but nothing has been heard, concerning the future of Daniel Ogunbodede.
Ogunbodede helped Remo Stars seal their return to the elite division after finishing second in NNL playoff in Group A.

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CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency

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Rivers United Coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned his players against comp-lacency ahead of their CAF Champions Lea-gue second leg prelimi-nary game against Young Africans.
The Pride of Rivers defeated the Tanzanian side 1-0 at the Benjamin Mkapa Nat-ional Stadium on Sunday.
Samuel Omodumuke scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 52nd minute to give the Eguma’s side advant-age of going to the next game.
The return leg will take place next week Sunday at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Speaking ahead of the second meeting, Eguma hinted that his players need to forget about the first leg result and approach the second leg with all seriousness.
“They are a good side and have mobile players.
 “We need to have the right mentality when we play them at home, we must not relent and fight as if we have not played the first leg.
“We must put in everything in the second leg, that is going to be our approach.”
“The players need to rise to the occasion to ensure that we seal the qualification,” he said.

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