Rangers International football club of Enugu are battle ready to overrun Ocean Boys of Yenegoa come today in Enugu in a week 3, Premier league cracker.
The players have vowed to take their pound of flesh against Ocean Boys following their 1-0 controversial loss to Dolphins of Port_Harcourt in a week 2 Premier league match last week end in Port_Harcourt.
The technical Adviser of the team, Alphonsus Dike said the painful loss to Dolphins which he described as day light robbery, has elicited total determination from his boys to avenge the loss.
It would be recalled that Dolphins employed all manner of theatrics including outright boxing and kicking as well as intimidation of match officials to secure the victory, which is against the tenets and spirit of the new face of NPL which preaches fair and unhindered officiating in all league matches across the country.
The management of Rangers feels that the NPL needs to do more in providing enough security for match, officials to avoid similar experiences witnessed in their last match against Dolphins in Port_Harcourt. There the centre referee failed to protect Rangers players who were boxed and kicked into submission in the full glare of the centre referee and his assistants that were handicapped.
According to Rangers management, this resulted in the tearing of Rangers number 30 shirted player Uche Nwofor’s number and subsequent penalty to Rangers.
Management of Rangers feels that this situation should be properly investigated and the culprits penalized to avoid similar occurrences at other venue. It urged NPL to mitigate the penalty against Rangers since the boxing and hard tackling incident resulted in the players jersey numbers getting torn.
Rangers promised to always play by the rules but believe that it should be protected from overzealous referees and teams who are bent on doing the biddings of few individuals that are bent on frustrating the efforts of the NPL leadership in taking our Premier league to greater heights.