Enugu Rangers suspend captain James Okwuosa for travelling to South Africa on trials

The skipper of the Flying Antelopes will sit out the club's remaining league matches for traveling out of the country on trials without the permission of management
Nigeria Premier League side Rangers have suspended their captain James Okwuosa after he failed to heed the advice of the management not to travel on trials to South Africa.

Goal.com learnt that Okwuosa left camp in Ibadan hours to their game against Sharks in the Federation Cup group matches and moved to Lagos where he was bound to tavel to South Africa to train with Ajax Cape Town.

Rangers' media officer Foster Chime told Goal.com from Ibadan that Okwuosa sabotaged the team and will remain suspended even when he comes back from the trip.

"He told us he wanted to travel for trials and we said he should wait till after the Federation Cup and the Premier League. It is not our fault that the two competitions are still running at this time of the year.

"He has a contract and he should respect the contract. I cannot understand why players would just leave camp in the middle of the season.

"It is something we must curb in our league because it makes nonsense of everything any club would want to achieve in a particular season.

"James Okwuosa is suspended and we now know that Rangers will finish the season with a player short. He is supposed to show good example.

"We have written to the Nigeria Football Federation and the  Nigeria Premier League about the suspension because we must carry them along in everything we are doing on this matter," Chime said.

Okwuosa who joined the Enugu side two seasons ago from Lobi Stars said he just asked for three days permission to travel to South Africa for trials with Ajax Cape Town.

"I asked for permission and told the management that I will come back by Sunday. I don't think I have done anything wrong and surely I will be back by Sunday to rejoin the team for the remaining matches in the Nigeria Premier League," Okwuosa told Goal.com.

Rangers are presently leading on top of the NPL table with 58 points from 34 matches.