Followers of Enugu Rangers Worldwide Soccer Membership, on Friday, paid glowing tributes to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, for his sheer dexterity, resilience and mind-blowing achievements in revamping the membership and returning it to its successful methods, inside one yr of his administration.
The fans, who spoke in the course of the launch of “The New Daybreak”, a ebook on Enugu Rangers Worldwide Soccer Membership, written by Basil Ojengwa, at The Base Occasion Centre, Enugu, narrated with nostalgia how Gov. Ugwuanyi repositioned and gave most help to the membership, which enabled it to win the 2016 Nigeria Skilled Soccer League (NPFL) and the 2018 NFF/AITEO Federation Cup, after 32 years with out successful a trophy.
Describing Gov. Ugwuanyi as a jinx breaker, the Rangers followers, mentioned that the governor’s achievements, dedication and steadfastness in returning the membership to its successful methods in addition to different feats within the sports activities business have been legendary and unprecedented.
They added that lovers of Rangers soccer membership everywhere in the world are indebted to the governor for resuscitating the membership’s ‘By no means Say Die’ spirit, which in response to them, was the satisfaction of the Igbo man, after the Civil Struggle.
Reviewing the ebook, the member representing Ezeagu Constituency within the State Home of Meeting, Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze, highlighted that the creator narrated “the contributions of an awesome chief (Ugwuanyi) who can finest be described as a Peaceable Chief, Lover of Soccer, Silent Achiever and a Consensus Builder”.
Hon. Obieze added that “the creator devoted this ebook first to the Almighty God after which to the person God used to carry Rangers again to her successful methods, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi”.
The lawmaker defined that the five-chapter ebook additionally dwelt on the evolution of soccer and soccer golf equipment, the appearance of soccer in Africa in addition to the metamorphosis of the title Rangers “by means of a navy title used in the course of the Nigerian Civil Struggle”, amongst different narratives.
Emphasizing on Chapter 4 of the ebook, Hon. Obieze identified that it aptly captured the title of the ebook and the management position performed by Gov. Ugwuanyi in ushering in “A New Daybreak” for Rangers and her followers throughout the globe.
He pressured that “this underscores the place of our father, the previous Chairman of Rangers and Governor of previous Anambra State, His Excellency, Sen. Dr. Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo who mentioned within the ebook: ‘…Sadly, 32 years after I left as Governor, Rangers failed and failed till one other Governor whose title is Ifeanyichukwu got here into workplace and broke the jinx. I used to be very joyful to see him flip the desk once more in favour of Rangers”.
In his deal with, Gov. Ugwuanyi who expressed delight on the occasion, mentioned that he was evoked by “the memory of the wealthy historical past and profession trajectory of Rangers Worldwide soccer Membership”, when he obtained the invitation for the ebook launch.
In keeping with him, “I recalled that Rangers Worldwide soccer membership is a soccer membership like no different; shaped in 1970 (speedy post-civil battle interval) within the then East Central State. This Membership introduced its arrival within the Nigeria Soccer house with the win of a nationwide soccer competitors and qualification for the African Cup of Champions Golf equipment.
“This unprecedented superlative entry habits; a report no different membership has set in Nigerian soccer historical past, underscored the legendary combating spirit of the brand new Membership. Little surprise, Rangers FC is reckoned because the “Delight of the East” and “Flying Antelopes”.
Noting that Rangers soccer membership took a break from successful trophies for 32 years, Gov. Ugwuanyi mentioned: “In 2016, with our modest efforts in resourcing and restructuring the Rangers Soccer Membership whereas leveraging the sweeping goodwill of the Membership in addition to unwavering help of the teeming Rangers Followers, it happy God to grant our darling membership the Nigeria Skilled Soccer League (NPFL) trophy.
“This was carefully adopted by the 2018 NFF/AITEO Federation Cup, consolidating Rangers Worldwide Soccer Membership’s management of the Nigerian Soccer house. Be aware, as soon as extra, that these victories got here after 32 years of quietude”.
The governor paid particular tribute to the founding fathers of Enugu Rangers and all previous leaders of Enugu State for his or her inestimable contributions in defending and nurturing the nice heritage of the state and full South East area.
These leaders, in response to the governor embody “Ukpabi Asika, Anthony Ochefu, Col. John Atom Kpera, Col. Datti Sadiq Abubakar, Chief Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo, H.E. Christian Chukwu Emeka Onoh, Air Commodore Allison Madueke, Samson Omeruah, Col. Robert Akonobi, Herbert Eze, H.E. Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Temi Ejor, Mike Torey, Sule Ahman, Adewunmi Agbaje, H.E. Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani, and H.E. Sullivan Chime”.
Gov. Ugwuanyi congratulated the creator for enterprise the duty of documenting and chronicling the Rangers’ story, saying that “Our administration appreciates his sort phrases for our humble accomplishments”.
“I laud the founding gamers of Rangers whose abilities and business laid the muse for Rangers Soccer Membership’s knack for victory. I acknowledge the Skipper Christian Chukwu, Goalkeeper Emma Okala, Aloysius Atuegbu, Ifeanyi Onyedika amongst others.
“I additionally recognize all different youthful technology of Rangers gamers who distinguished themselves within the area of soccer, regionally and internationally, and contributed in defining the Rangers Soccer Membership model.
“I thank the teeming followers and supporters of the Rangers Soccer Membership for his or her resilience and constancy all these years”, the governor mentioned.
Former Minister of Aviation and Chairman, Governing Council of Enugu State School of Training Technical, Amb. Fidelia Akuabata Njeze, State Commissioner for Youths and Sports activities, Hon. Manfred Nzekwe and different EXCO members, former Inexperienced Eagle Coach and Ex-player of Enugu Rangers Worldwide Soccer Membership, Skipper Christian Chukwu, Particular Advisers to the Governor, the Normal Supervisor, Enugu State Housing Growth Company, Hon. Chukwuemelie Agu, the brand new Chairman, Enugu State Soccer Affiliation (FA), Hon. Barr. Tony Ugwu, Rangers’ management, previous and current gamers, have been among the many dignitaries on the occasion.