By Emmanuel Afonne
The management of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu said on Monday that it was planning to celebrate Nigeria’s 56th independence anniversary with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy.
Paul Ozor, the General Manager of Rangers said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Ozor said that it would be an honour guiding Rangers to a successful league title after going trophy less for 32 years.
“A committee has been put in place for the celebration that will follow the team’s league victory.
“The celebration will be like when Chelsea lifted the premiership title in England because the stadium will be jam-packed on the day of the last match.
“There will be road shows and gala night; every good thing one can think of will be on parade that day.
“Enugu cannot wait a night to that last league match because it will seem as if we have already won the league trophy,’’ Ozor said.
He said that arrangement had been made to ensure Rangers fans troop to the stadium to watch the team’s season’s last match free of charge.
“The gate will be thrown open on the final match day because it is a home game against El-Kanemi Warriors of Miaduguri; we are playing Ikorodu in Abeokuta before the last match against El-Kanemi.
“We are not thinking of losing the trophy.
“We have started putting on our championship jerseys, caps, fliers and so on.
“We held a meeting this morning with the House of Assembly members, Commissioner for Sports, board members and other stakeholders on the best way to organise the celebration.
“His Excellency, Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi met with us last week and he is already preparing to shower the team with gifts,’’ Ozor added.
NAN reports that Rangers is currently occupying the top spot on the league table with 57 points, while Rivers United is second with 56 points.
Wikki Tourists of Bauchi is placed third with 54 points, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah is occupying the fourth place with 53 points.