Oduah’s big poser: Who will save Rangers?

By Victor Enyinnaya on March 25, 2017

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 “This is the worst set of Rangers International team ever since its formation shortly after the civil war and if things are not turned around urgently, the side will kiss the dust in its onward journey to the second tier of the league.”

These are the emotional words from one of the Patrons of the Enugu-based team, Prince Isidore Oduah after taking a critical look at the steady decline in performance of the defending NPFL champions.

According to him, he knew the ouster of Rangers in the Champions League was fast coming after he watched their game against MFM FC of Lagos at the Agege Stadium where he saw a colourless side without defined pattern of football.

“I saw a complete visionless and uninspired Rangers side I have never seen in my many decades of following the team and wondered if this is the team I closely followed as its die- hard fan and later patron.” The team was a shadow of itself. I was so disappointed, touched and ashamed of the team. I saw how MFM FC was running rings around Rangers and dismissed this present set of boys as mere bunch of unserious and un-ambitious players that have no business playing for Rangers because they have no atom of urgency and agenda to improve the lots of the team.”

Oduah further informed that it was their dismal performance “that informed how I spoke to them after the first stanza.”

He revealed that the Commissioner of Sports, Enugu State, Charles Ndukwe, General Manager, Christian Chukwu, chief coach Imama and other officials of the team were on hand when he gave the players pep talk on the need for them to wake up from their deep slumber and come alive decisively as Rangers and confront the inexperienced MFM FC team head on.

He also said, “I reminded the players the high pedigree team they are privileged to wear its jersey adding that playing for Rangers alone have its own aura and resilient spirit which is synonymous with the squad was totally lacking in them. It was a team that had no mission but met roundly ready Lagos based side. They did make any mistake to punish them with their superior fireworks,” a visibly worried Oduah submitted.      

The former Vice Chairman of Anambra State FA faulted the team he saw stressing that their present attitude cannot take them anywhere rather it may cost the side to go down the ladder a bitter journey it has never embarked upon since its formation in the 1970’s. He insists that all the players and few technical crew are not Rangers. Their level of commitment remains suspect and live sour taste in the mouth.

“If nobody must alert Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, I should. He must act fast to save Rangers from imminent drop from NPFL. It is what has not happened to the team before and if he allows it come to pass as Okorocha did to Heartland last season, history would judge him harshly. Rangers are Ofo Ndigbo. Rangers are the symbol that gave Igbo nation hope and deep belief that we as nation linger on. Rangers must not be put into extinction by Ugwuanyi’s government.

“I, prince Oduah and others laboured for the team and such must not be in vain. The records are glaringly there.
The founding fathers are turning in their grave upon what is happening to the side that was specifically founded for Igbo state to live on. The once dreaded team is sadly on the state of going, going. The issue is not whether the boys would do any magic in the second tier of CAF competition, the Confederation Cup, but the big question on our lips right now is can the team survive this season in the NPFL cadre?”

The Financial Secretary of Association of Sports Veterans Nigeria lamented the 19th position the Enugu old warhorse is currently occupying in a 20 league team log. The situation at hand is slippery and pathetic and needs urgent solution not cosmetic approach. He described the team as sick baby that needs all round check-up. 

•Photo shows Prince Isidore Oduah.

Source Daily Sports

Posted March 25, 2017


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