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Rangers promise to beat Akwa Utd, top league table again

The Flying Antelopes as Rangers are fondly called by fans have vowed to beat the visiting team and once again remain at the top of the league table.

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In its bid to return to the top of the Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) table, Rangers International FC of Enugu, has promised their fans that it would win its next game.

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The promise apparently is to justify the recent incentives by the club’s management for the team to have a steady stay lead and ultimately win the 2015/2016 competition.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Rangers will host Akwa United of Uyo in a Match Day 7 fixture at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu on Sunday at 4 p.m.

It will be recalled that Rangers was first on the leagues’ log with 10 points before it drew 2-2 with Abia Warriors in Umuahia last Sunday to now place second with 11 points after Match Day 6.

Since the inception of the league, Rangers, founded in 1970, has won three, drew two and lost one match, while their Akwa United has seven points after four games.

Akwa United, one of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup has won two, drew one and lost one match.

Ranger’s Media Director Foster Chime told NAN in Enugu that the team would be going into the match against Akwa United to secure the three maximum points and return to the top of the log.

"The Flying Antelopes as Rangers are fondly called by fans have vowed to beat the visiting team and once again remain at the top of the league table.

"Our match against Akwa United is expected to witness a large turnout of fans because of Rangers’ impressive run so far in the league this season.

'And our players have vowed to beat the visiting team.

"We want to reclaim the league’s top position with Sunday’s victory against Akwa United,’’ Chime said.

The media director lauded club’s fans that trooped to Umuahia to cheer Rangers in their encounter with Abia Warriors FC, Umuahia which ended 2-2.

NAN reports that before Rangers’ draw with Abia Warriors, the club’s management had introduced incentives to keep the players’ morale high to enable them to have steady stay on top of the league table.

Chime told NAN that the new package would also ensure improved image for the club, adding that it would help to create a good relationship between players and officials.

"Among the incentives is Monthly Best Player award, prompt payment of match bonuses, constant seminars and talks/briefs by stakeholders to update the players on the current trends in the industry.

"Others are constant health checks, dieting talk, financial and investment management, spiritual and marital advise to ensure they are always in the right frame of mind to avoid distractions,’’ he said.

He expressed the club’s commitment toward improvement of the welfare of the players and officials and creation of an atmosphere that would ensure a sustainable success of the football outfit.

Chime disclosed that the club had paid match bonuses to the players following their victory over Wikki Tourists FC of Bauchi in Match Day 5.

According to him, the management is making efforts to secure a bus from the Enugu State Government to convey Rangers fans to match venues.

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