The management of seven-time Nigeria league champions and CAF Confederation cup 2020 campaigners, Rangers International F.C of Enugu ably led by Prince Davidson Owumi, has given the players and officials of the club a two weeks break.
At a gathering at the club’ players’ camp over the weekend, the General Manager, Owumi thanked all the players and coaches for their efforts in the season that ended with the Aiteo cup 2019 round of 32 loss to Lobi Stars in Minna, Niger State.
The astute administrator described the performance of the team as great even when he agreed that much would have been welcomed.
“Let me start by thanking you all for the efforts you put in the ended season. Surely, we would have loved to be champions of the league and successfully defend our Aiteo cup trophy but God knows why we ended this way. As we embark on a two weeks break, I urge us to have the needed rest and come back with vigour to challenge on all fronts,” stated the former NPL and Warri Wolves boss.
On the Continental ticket that the team achieved for the season, Owumi said: “Getting back to the continent is a good feeling but our target at the start of the season was to be league and Aiteo cup champions but due to circumstances beyond our efforts, we came up as second runner-up in the league. We thank God for His mercies just as we can’t forget to appreciate the efforts of Enugu State government, under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his continued sponsorship of our activities.”
He assured the club teaming supporters that there would be no room for errors in the coming season on all fronts stressing that it would be a trophy filled season.
Also speaking at the gathering that served as a thanksgiving session, technical adviser for the side, coach Olugbenga Ogunbote said: “Let me start by thanking God for His goodwill towards the team in the ended season. Also, I must say that this was a very challenging season that saw all of us giving our best to achieve our target which we missed by a few inches but thankfully, we are going back to the continent to complete what we started this season. It is my hope and belief that the trophies will rain next season.”
Players of the ‘Flying Antelopes’ are expected back in Enugu from the start of the second week of July when new and old players will start jostling for positions in the team.
CAF CL: Why Akwa United Struggled Against CR Belouizdad
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.
Remo Stars To Appoint Ogunbote Head Coach
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.
CAFCL: Eguma Warns Players Against Complacency
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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