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Rangers pip Bendel Insurance 1-0 to extend lead to 7 points

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Felix Ogbuke’s 85th minute goal against visiting Bendel Insurance FC of Benin, was enough for Rangers International FC of Enugu to consolidate its leadership position in the group A of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Super Four.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports Rangers’ victory has confirmed its position as one of the top four teams with only two matches to go.

Speaking after the match, Rangers gaffer Olugbenga Ogunbote said that the match was difficult for them as their opponent was desperate to escape relegation.

He noted that Bendel Insurance came for victory with the way it made the game tight for them.

”Though, we missed lots of chances, Insurance really worked for the three points but thank God we have the day.

”Ogbuke is a super star and has shown that today by bailing the club from a difficult situation,” he said.

He said that with the earned three points, the club would now rest its injured players to see if they will be ready before the super six battle ahead.

” Today we have couple of new injured players as Pape Ousmane and Ajani Ibrahim joined the injury table.

” I was scared when the match was heading to full time without any goal to show for our efforts.

”You know, when we play them in Benin we lost because we played the majority of the match with 10 players.

“Here now, what do we tell our supporters as the game is open with 11 against 11, so the victory is a very big relieve for us,” Ogunbote said.

The hero, Ogbuke, said he was excited scoring the only goal of the match.

”Am happy that my goal come when we needed it most; and today’s victory has giving us firm balance at the top three of the group A.

”Before now, I was not playing because of some family challenges and now I am back and I want to continue scoring for my club.

” Am fulfilled being a Rangers player and it is my dream to win laurels for the club in the ongoing season,” he said.

NAN reports that Rangers lead the group A with 37 points from 20 matches, followed by Lobi Stars FC with 30 points after 19 matches.

Enyimba FC occupy the third position with 29 points after 19 matches, while MFM FC is in fourth place with 29 points from 20 matches.

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Queens Park Rangers chief appalled by Championship restart plans

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Queens Park Rangers Chief Executive Lee Hoos has slammed the English Football League’s plan to resume the Championship (second-tier) season on June 20, saying clubs were informed of the decision only moments before it was made public.

The Championship has been suspended since March 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the government has given the green light for elite sport to return from Monday behind closed doors provided strict conditions are met.

“I am absolutely stunned by this announcement, as is our Director of Football, Les Ferdinand, and our manager, Mark Warburton.

“Incredibly, there has been absolutely no consultation with individual clubs, nor with the Championship doctors’ working group by anyone in the Football League regarding this matter.

“Having spoken with Les and Mark, they share my views. We are vehemently opposed to this schedule,” Hoos told QPR’s website.

Clubs are set to resume full contact training this week and Hoos is worried players will not have time to get up to speed before the season’s restart.

“I have made our feelings known to the EFL; having  spoken with a number of CEOs at other Championship clubs, I am not a lone voice on this matter,” Hoos said, adding “we are absolutely appalled.”

QPR were 13th in the Championship, six points behind Preston North End, who occupied the final playoff spot when the season was halted.

The top flight Premier League will resume on June 17, with all matches also to be played behind closed doors.


Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu (NAN)

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IFAW deploys wildlife rangers to curb poaching along Kenya, Tanzania border

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An international wildlife organization said Thursday it has deployed more than 50 community wildlife rangers from Kenya and Tanzania in a joint border patrol in response to a potential risk of poaching.

James Isiche, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) regional director for East Africa, said the safety of wildlife is paramount in the midst of the deadly pandemic.

Isiche said the patrol sought to ensure the safety of wildlife at risk of being poached because of the lack of visitors and hospitality staff in the area due to the global pandemic, which has impacted the local economy and incomes.

“The role and presence of the community wildlife rangers particularly during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic when operations have been hampered by lack of tourism revenue to sustain them is of paramount importance as they continue to protect wildlife from potential poaching for bush-meat and other wildlife products,” Isiche said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

He said the rangers simultaneously monitored the wildlife-rich landscapes along their respective borderlines while staying within their international boundaries.

“Cross border landscapes are particularly difficult to preserve as would poachers take advantage of the fact that they cannot be pursued across the common border after committing their acts. Synchronized patrols such as this one ensure that this is not the case,” he added.

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Rangers Int’l FC mourns Enugu FA chairman, Ofo-Okenwa

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Rangers International FC of Enugu on Wednesday mourned the Enugu State Football Association (ENSFA) Chairman, Chidi Ofo-Okenwa, who died in the early hours of Tuesday.

Rangers’ Media Officer, Norbert Okolie in a statement, said that Rangers family, were still in shock over the seasoned football administrator’s death.

According to him, Rangers board, management, coaches, players and staff have joined millions of football aficionados around the world to mourn the sudden passing of the Enugu State FA Chairman.

“We also joined the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to mourn their late Executive Committee Member, who was also Nigeria National League (NNL) Chairman and Enugu State FA chairman,” Okolie said.

In an emotion-laden voice, the Club’s General Manager, Davidson Owumi, described the death of Ofo-Okenwa as a great loss to the whole nation with regard to the round leather game.

He said that Ofo-Okenwa would be missed by the football family in the nation and Africa because of his wealth of experience in the round leather game.

“I am indeed short of words to describe the feelings going round in the camp of Rangers on the sudden death of the Enugu FA Chairman Chidi Ofo-Okenwa.

“We can’t come to grips with the sad fact that our dear FA boss is no more. So life is indeed cruel in this situation.

“This was a man that came up with a lot of contributions as we made plans for the burial of our late player, Ifeanyi George, few weeks back.

“Okenwa’s death is not fair to us in Rangers and it is a very big loss,” he lamented.

Owumi prayed to God to grant his immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss and urged the entire football family in the country to key into the positives he left behind.

“May his gentle soul rest in peace,” he prayed.

The Club’s Secretary, Ferdinand Ugwuarue said: “A great Iroko has fallen and it will take some time to grow another.

“He left us when his massive intellectual prowess was most needed to solve a complex federation’s challenge of a time.

“We in Rangers International FC, will miss his inestimable support,” he said.

He said that Akpugo, Nkanu West Local Government Area had lost a great son in Okenwa, saying that the great football administrator would forever be remembered or his great works in his field of endeavour.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

 

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COVID-19: Rangers FC supporters club tasks LMC on 2019/2020 league

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Rangers International Football Supporters Club has urged the League Management Company (LMC) to  ensure the completion of 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) immediately after coronavirus pandemic to determine the real winner.

Ibuchukwu Nwodo the chairman of the club said this while speaking with News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on Saturday.
Nwodo said that it would be unfair to end the league midway.
The league was suspended on March 18, due to COVID-19.
He said that the circumstance which led to the league suspension was not what somebody should take advantage of.
” I do not buy the idea of ending Nigerian league with Plateau United FC as the champions.
” Hearing the general manager of Plateau United asking the League Management Company (LMC) to declare them champions after playing 25 matches when other clubs played below 25 matches proved that they are not fit to be the real champion.
” Plateau United was among the few clubs that have played 25 matches out of 38 matches with 13 remaining, while some clubs played 21, 23 and 24 matches as the case may be.
”Thirteen to 17 outstanding matches per club are much to be swept under the carpet, ” he said.
Nwodo urged the LMC and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to consult FIFA on the issue.
FIFA has been working out modalities on how to fast track the league globally after the coronavirus pandemic.
” The modalities includes having three breaks in a match and five changes in a match, is enough to play three matches in a week,” he said.
He said that the LMC and NFF would not be fair to Rangers FC if they declare Plateau United winners of the league.
” We lost our prolific striker Ifeanyi George to a fatal accident while traveling home after NPFL announced suspension of our league.

” Had it been that the league was on, Rangers management will not give them the break and he would he will not have thought of travelling.
” It is better to finish the league to determine the true champions so that we can save our face at the continental contest come next season, ” Nwodo said.
 

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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12 rangers killed in armed attack in national park in DRC

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Seventeen people, including 12 rangers from Virunga National Park, died in an armed attack by an unidentified armed group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), local authorities said on Friday.

According to a press release from Nzanzu Kasivita Carly, governor of the eastern province of North Kivu where the attack took place, four passengers and a driver were also killed in a jeep burned by the attackers.

The attack was also confirmed by the management of the Virunga National Park in a statement a few hours after the incident on Friday.

“It is with great sadness that Virunga National Park confirms an attack which unfortunately has resulted in the loss of many lives. Victims include bystanders unrelated to the park, as well as park staff and park rangers,” said the statement signed by officials from the park located near Goma, a city in North Kivu Province.

According to the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (ICCN), civilians were the target of the attack, not the rangers.

“All the information available at this stage indicates that it was an attack against civilians. The guards were not the target and died while assisting the civilian vehicle which had been taken under fire from the attackers,” said ICCN.

Attacks by armed attackers are very common in Virunga National Park. Last year, two Britons were taken hostage by rebels in the same park and released after paying a sum of money.

Multiple armed groups carry out illicit mining and poaching in the parks in eastern DRC. Since last year, authorities have closed access to visitors and other non-essential people into the park to avoid further security incidents.
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Rangers urge Christians to celebrate Easter according to COVID-19 health directives

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The Management of Rangers International FC of Enugu has urged Christains to celebrate Easter in line with  directives of health authorities as the world grappled with Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Rangers General Manager, Davison Owumi, who gave the advice on Sunday in Enugu.

According to him, the board, management, staffs, players and  coaching crew of Rangers wish the Christian faithfuls all over the world best season in spite of COVID-19 threat.

”As Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter, we wish them and our supporters the best of the season.

”The management, however, calls for carefulness during the celebrations and observanc of health safety rules as directed by the authorities.

”Our prayers is that the Easter season, shall mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic, ” he said in a statement by Mr Nobert Okolie, the club’s Media Officer.

(Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Peter Ejiofor)
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Rangers urge Christians to celebrate Easter according to COVID-19 health directives

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The Management of Rangers International FC of Enugu has urged Christains to celebrate Easter in line with  directives of health authorities as the world grappled with Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Rangers General Manager, Davison Owumi, who gave the advice on Sunday in Enugu.

According to him, the board, management, staffs, players and  coaching crew of Rangers wish the Christian faithfuls all over the world best season in spite of COVID-19 threat.

”As Christians all over the world celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at Easter, we wish them and our supporters the best of the season.

”The management, however, calls for carefulness during the celebrations and observanc of health safety rules as directed by the authorities.

”Our prayers is that the Easter season, shall mark the beginning of the end of the pandemic, ” he said in a statement by Mr Nobert Okolie, the club’s Media Officer.

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Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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COVID-19: Rangers Int’l FC extends break to two weeks

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The Management of Rangers International FC of Enugu led by the General Manager, Davidson Owumi have extended the break given to its players by two weeks.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the club management on March 21 approved 10 days break for the players over the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) which has elapsed.

 

Owumi made the disclosure in a statement signed by the Club Media Officer, Nobert Okolie in Enugu on Friday.

 

It would be recalled that the club prolific striker Ifeanyi George and two others died in a ghastly motor accident on their way to Lagos to spend the first break.

 

Okolie quoted the club GM as saying that, ”this move became necessary due to the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the earlier break given, has not shown any sign of coming to an end.

 

”With no information from the ruling football house in the country, NFF and the continued spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) around the country, there was no reason for the players to return.

 

“It is better that they stayed at home and engage on individual training, ” he said.

 

The GM advised the players to continue with the training regiment given to them by the coach, Salisu Yusuf.

 

”After a careful study of the health situation that the country is facing which led to the halting of football activities in the first place, Rangers management have decided to extend the break by two more weeks for the players safety.

 

”However, if there is an improvement in the situation of things, and football authorities announce resumption of football activities before the end of this extension, the players will be notified.

 

“We are in constant talks with our players and have continued to encourage them to keep to the training schedules given to them by the coach,” Owumi said.

 

”I believe that we shall soon overcome the pandemic and get back to the pitch to achieve the expected results this season, by God’s special grace,” the GM prayed.

 

NAN reports that Rangers management had a fortnight ago given a ten days break to the players after NFF suspended all football activities in the country due to the COVID-19 health challenge ravaging the world

 

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu
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Rangers Int’l FC  pay final respect to late player, George 

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Rangers International FC of Enugu on sunday paid their last respect to it’s late player, Ifeanyi George who died in a car crash  alongside two others while on their way to Lagos.

The club media officer,  Norbert Okolie told newsmen in Enugu on Sunday that the late player alongside his friends was given his final respect on Saturday  amidst rains of tears in Lagos.

”George was buried on Saturday at Atan Cemetery, Yaba, Lagos amidst rains of tears from very few family members and friends in attendance owing to the state restriction because of Coronavirus,” he said.

The late player’s remains was taken from a private health facility in Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo state where it was deposited after the ghastly auto-crash that claimed his life and transported to Lagos for the ceremony

The Nigeria News Agency   reports that George died in a motor accident along side Rangers feeders team player  Emmanuel Ogbu, and his  friend George Eteka Gabriel on Sunday, March 22.

The media officer said the General Manager of the club, Davidson Owumi at the rites of committal noted it had been a week long season of pains and tears for Rangers family since the confirmation of the death of Ifeanyi George in a ghastly auto-crash.

”But, with his burial today, as requested by his family in Lagos, some weight is lifted off everybody that is concerned with the footballer.

”We had representatives at the burial site and we thank all those that were there and those that were prevented by the lock down order of Lagos state government.

”Ifeanyi will remain indelible in the hearts of all of us in Rangers and  may his soul find eternal rest in the bosom of our Lord,” he said.

His team mate,  Obinna Eleje said, ”goodbye is the saddest word as you are laid to rest today, may our good Lord accept your soul brother.

”A great loss to Rangers FC and football family as a whole”.

Another player, Nnamdi Egbujuo said, “ still crying till tomorrow for the death of my brother, team mate Ifeanyi George known as Odogwu.

”As you are laid to rest today; I pray that God almighty will accept you till we meet again, goodbye brother”.

Ifeanyi Egwim on his part said:  ”farewell my brother as you are laid to rest today, may God grant your gentle soul rest in perfect peace”.

While Chidera Ezeh said: “Rrest on my brother and my friend, as you are laid to rest today, may your soul and all the departed ones be accepted by the Almighty,  farewell George, farewell Zlatan,  farewell Odogwu”.

Okolie added that the decision to burial of the late player in Lagos came from the family after an exhaustive deliberation between them and the Rangers FC management.

He said that the club activated all that was needed to be done for a befitting burial for the all action attacker.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Rabiu Sani Ali
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