Enugu – Enugu State Government will host Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu on Tuesday, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Godwin Udeuhele, has said.
The Flying Antelopes defeated El-kanemi Warriors 4-0 on Oct. 2, to win the 2015/2016 NPFL and end their 32-year wait for silverware.
The victory also means that Rangers have now won the league title seven times, equalling a record set by former champions, Enyimba.
Rangers have won the cup in 1974, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984 and 2016.
Udeuhele, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Enugu, said the move was to appreciate the resilience of the club in breaking a 32-year jinx.
He said the ceremony would hold at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, where the club’s injured player, Ifeanyi Egwin, was recuperating from the bone fracture he sustained on the final match day.
“The Enugu State Government will be at the orthopaedic hospital host International Rangers FC. The venue was chosen because we cannot bring them to the Government House with Egwin still lying in the hospital.
“The governor, out of his kind heart, directed that the celebration be moved to the hospital for Egwin to know that we are willing to show him solidarity.
“We cannot abandon him. This is in addition to other things that the governor has done for him,’’ Udeuhele said.
Egwin had a successful surgery at the hospital, following a double leg fracture he sustained during the 2015/2016 NPFL final fixtures at the Nanamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
The player has had two surgeries on the affected leg and is expected to stay on the sidelines for four months according to medical reports.