Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has charged Rangers’ players to display professionalism and commitment that could enable them beat Algeria’s JS Saoura in their CAF Champions League preliminary round game on Friday.
The governor, who met with the players and other members of the club shortly before their departure for Algeria yesterday, assured them of the support of the state government, urging them, ‘as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition,’ to keep their heads high.
He said the state remained grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as champions of Nigerian Football League, adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus name.”
He added: “Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.
“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents.”
Also at the meeting a staunch supporter of Enugu Rangers, Mr. Charles Ugwu promised N1 million for every goal scored by the team in Algeria, noting that the club was not just a team but also a movement that has united the Igbos over the years.