Enugu Rangers players celebrating a goal against Ikorodu United on their way to winning the 2015/2016 NPFL title. PHOTO: LMC.
Enugu State government on Monday honoured players and management of Rangers International Football Club for winning the 2015/2016 National Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy.
Rangers’ victory in October this year came after 32 years of unsuccessful attempts.Performing the ceremony at a capacity filled Michael Okpara Square, the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who handed a cheque of N41.5 million to the club, said the government would do all in her ability to ensure the sustenance of the feat.
Apart from the cheque, Ugwuanyi announced the award of a piece of land at Rangers Estate to every member of the club, who contributed to the victory, even as he dedicated the trophy to God almighty.
Ugwuanyi charged the players and management to continue in their quest to relaunch and reposition Enugu as a football loving state, stressing that his administration would continue to diversify resources for the greater good of the state.
Chairman of the Management board, Mr. Steve Oruruo, said Rangers was not just a football club, but a movement as well as sign of indivisibility of Igboland.
“Our victory is a trust and revolution. The challenge is that it is time we rise to the occasion and we promise to do better,” he stated.
Also speaking, Chairman of Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, called on well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the club in their quest for greater glory.
He stated that Ugwuanyi had by his antecedent shown that the state could grow relying on resources from other sectors, stressing that there was abundant sporting talents yet untapped in the state.The players and club officials were also presented with plaques.