Ex-Rangers Stars; Ozokwo, Chibuike Rue CAFCC Failure

Ex-Rangers Stars; Ozokwo, Chibuike Rue CAFCC Failure

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Enugu Rangers players, Nduka Ozokwo and John Chibuike have expressed their disappointment on the failure of the club to advance into the group stages of the CAF Confederation Cup, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.


The Flying Antelopes under the reins of interim coach Chukwuma Agbo lost 3-0 in the second leg of their group stage playoffs against Zambian side, Zesco United after the first leg 2-2 draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu last week Sunday, April 9.

Both players in separate chats with Completesportsnigeria.com bared their minds on the way forward for the league champions.

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"It's unfortunate that they could not make it into the group stages, but the way forward is to keep pushing, sign quality players for next season and ensure that the welfare of the players and coaches are not compromised.

"Rangers is a big club that should not be in this kind of situation. Even the league form is worrying. I hope they can at least get out of the foot of the table and remain in the top flight," Nduka Ozokwo, son of Nollywood star actress, Patience Ozokowo, who plays for FC Wil 1900, in the second-tier of the Swiss Challenge League told Completesportsnigeria.com.

Hapoel Tel Aviv striker, John Chibuike said: "What has happened cannot be reversed. Rangers have missed the group stages of the competition, but the way forward and lesson to be learnt is that the players must take  their opponents seriously irrespective of the country or league they play in. 

"Secondly, administrative issues must be sorted out before big matches. I believe this great club will rise again. I may have left the club, but I still take keen interests in what happens back home," the striker added.

Rangers had missed the chance to play in the CAF Champions League after they were eliminated by Zamalek also in the playoff stages.

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  • Bishop Joseph Obiagunwa Okpara 5 years ago

    I know that Rangers will not achieve something in Zambia. I do not know how many players that left the club after they won the Nigeria leagues championship. If not half of the team then the Nigerian professional leagues will be completely review and overhaul because if the Rangers won the Nigeria league and this are their working rate, and this is what they can offered than, that would mean that there’s nobody in home! And Rangers will not be allow to continue like this. Rangers are more values to any Igboman than a only football team. Immediately after the civil war. Rangers are what we have to show the rest of Nigerians that we Igbos never said die! That we were still much around and no shaken! And a stronger force to be reckon with! With the like of Dominic Nwobodo, Mathis Obianika, Cyril Okosieme, Annest Ufule, Stanley Okoronkwo, Christian Madu and the rest of the boys, bring anyone on, Rangers will beat them, yet we were coming out of a war yet, in two to three-year we were the Nigerians and Africans champions! I am not happy at all to see Rangers like this.We must just stop looking at Enugu Rangers as only the Enugu State football club. Rangers is a proud symbols of an Igboman!