Some football fans in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state, congratulated Enugu Rangers International FC for ending the recent humiliation of Nigerian teams by their Togolese counterparts. The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) announced that the Rangers defeated Togo Kara FC 1-0 at Enugu to reach the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, after a general score of 2-2.
The NAN also reports that CHAN’s Togolese team recently eliminated their Nigerian counterparts from the CHAN 2020 tournament and prevented the same team from progressing in the WAFU competition, while the Rangers lost the first leg 1-2 against Kara FC in Togo.
Supporters who received welcome offers at NetBet told NAN on Monday in Abakaliki that the Rangers’ victory would restore the confidence of the Nigerian teams in their Togolese rivals and perhaps revive the secular domination they had enjoyed so far.
Jude Erioma, of Awka’s late Udoji United FC, praised the Rangers’ fighting spirit, which allowed him to maintain his leadership early until the end.
“The experts and other interested parties are concerned about the physical condition of the players due to the late start of the national professional league, but the players have stood firm to ensure victory.
“The victory shows that with good planning and resistance, Nigerian teams can maintain their dominance over other African teams, especially in the West African subregion,” he said. saying.
In response to Erioma’s claim, Mark Okoro, former head of sports development in the local government region of North Afikpo, congratulated the team for qualifying for the group stage of the competition, despite the inactivity caused by the start, late national league.
“The team granted a postponement to their Nigerian fans because it could have been disastrous for Togolese teams to defeat their Nigerian counterparts in four consecutive games in less than two months.”
“However, the curious coincidence is that Imama Amapakabor, the coach of CHAN Eagles whose team was humiliated by Togo, led the Rangers to a victory in the league in 2016,” he said. saying.
Chief Chikezie Ijeaku, a timber merchant and a strong follower of the Ranger, urged the team not to settle for the victory over Kara FC, but to redouble their efforts to stand out in the competition.
“The Rangers will face tougher opponents at this stage of the competition since the physical form required for the matches is guaranteed with the eventual start of the national league.”
“The Enugu state government and other interested parties should provide the necessary logistics for the team, as it will fight on the front of the continental and national league,” he said. Ms. Rose Odia, a banker, also congratulated Aba Abyimba FC for qualifying for the Confederations Cup group stage after eliminating South Africa’s Galaxy FC 4-1 overall.
“The two victories have extended Nigeria’s participation in the CAF club competition this season and are expected to show credible performances in this difficult phase.” Enyimba’s victory also serves as a relaxing balm for the recent xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa, while the competent football authorities should help both clubs to excel, “he said.
He recalled that on October 31, the annual competition of the Governor’s Cup Ebonyi under 17, scheduled for the 13 regions of the state, was postponed until January 2020. The Sports Commissioner, Mr. Charles Akpuenuka, announced the change of statement on Thursday in Abakaliki, said the decision was approved at the State Executive Council meeting held on October 25.
He added that the report was intended to allow local authorities to make arrangements to mobilize their youth so that they can participate fully in the annual football festival. “This is to inform the general public that, at its October 25 meeting, the State Executive Council approved the postponement of the U-17 Governor’s Cup soccer competition until January 2020.
“As a result, the leaders of the 13 regions of the local Ebonyi government are aware of this development to enable them to prepare now by recruiting and training their best players,” he said. He said the main objective of the competition by age group was to select the best budding talent in the state to join the proposed soccer team.
Akpuenuka, who said the local government region of southern Afikpo was the defending champion, added that the competition was aimed at promoting unity among all areas of local government. The commissioner said the government is committed to deepening the development of sport in Ebonyi, adding that greater priority will be given to the mobilization of potential sports talent in the state.