Enugu Rangers became Nigeria Professional Football League champions following their 4-0 victory against El-Kanemi on Sunday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu (Nigeria’s Cathedral of Soccer). The coach Imama Amapakabo’s men needed at least a draw to emerge as champions after Wikki Tourists and Rivers United had stuttered in the title race. And after Ferdinand Udoh’s full-time whistle sounded around Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium and it sunk in that Rangers had won their first Nigeria topflight title after 32-years.
It was a full house at the Enugu stadium yesterday as Rangers number one fan, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, led other supporters to the cheer the darling team of Ndi Igbo to victory. This feat by the Flying Antelopes of Enugu have seen them emerge league champions for the seventh time, hence, equaling a record set by former champions Enyimba. Chisom Egbuchulam scored a hat trick while Osas Okoro scored one to help Rangers win their first league title in 32 years. The Flying Antelopes amassed a total of 63 points from 38 games to finish first among the 19 competing clubs. While it was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Cathedral on Sunday, the late injury suffered by forward Ifeanyi Egwim was the only sour point in a largely flawless display by the Enugu State-owned team.