Newly crowned Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu, and runners up, Rivers United of Port Harcourt, have assured that they will give a good account of themselves to bring honour to Nigeria when they campaign in the CAF Champions League.
Rangers won the NPFL title on 63 points with a clean finish against El Kanemi Warriors whom the drubbed 4-0 on Sunday evening at “the Cathedral”, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu while second placed Rivers United got all three points in a 2-1 defeat of Akwa United in Uyo on the final match day.
Now Nigeria’s flag bearers to the continent, the new worry for most Nigerian football fans is the capacity of both clubs to provide effective representation against the background that Nigerian clubs have not been doing well in the continent since after Enyimba FC of Aba won the title back to back in 2004 and 2005 but the Team Manager of Rangers, Amobi Ezeaku, and Rivers State Commissioner of Sports, Boma Iyaye who is in charge of Rivers United have given their words.
“Rangers has been a team that believes in one game at a time. By God’s grace, we hope to do well and make Nigeria proud in the continent,” Ezeaku began.
“We are not just going to the continent to be numbered, we are going to make an indelible impression. An impression that will last for a long time, that would bring fame and pride to the Nigeria Football Federation, to the League Management Company and to the entire nation.”
On his part, Iyaye said Rivers United will work harder to produce good performance in the continentals.
“We want to assure Nigerians that we will not rest on our laurels but work even harder to see that a very strong and well-prepared Rivers United does Nigeria proud on the continent next year.”
Congratulating Rangers for their epic title victory, Iyaye observed that Rivers United gave them a good fight till the last day.
“I want to congratulate Enugu Rangers for emerging champions of the NPFL for the first time in 32 years.
“Rivers United have also done well this season considering how the club started the season. They have shown great doggedness and the traditional fighting spirit by defying the odds and pushing Rangers all the way even till the final day of the season.”