Rangers protest Ocean Boys' expulsion to NFF

The Flying Antelopes have formally petitioned the NFF on the expulsion of Ocean Boys from the NPL and have threatened to explore all legal options to have it undone
The management of Enugu Rangers has officially protested to the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) on the expulsion and deduction of points of Ocean Boys from the Nigeria Premier League which finally put paid to their chances of winning the league title.

In a press release signed by the club's media officer Foster Chime, the Flying Antelope's management met on Thursday together with the Enugu State Football Association and sent an official protest letter to the NFF protesting the decision of the NPL which scuttled their chances of breaking their 29 year old jinx of not winning a trophy.

Rangers said the decision of the NPL is inhuman, daylight robbery, out of football development, draconian and satanic.

The club said that it is not on record that Ocean Boys of Brass have missed two consecutive matches as purported in the decision.

In the said decision according to the  Rangers management is a contravention of the rules of the competition as  Ocean Boys having even been allowed to honour their Week 37 match against Sharks.

Rangers insists that at whose expense were the matches involving Ocean Boys prosecuted by the other clubs having been allowed to do so by the same NPL.

Part of the release further reads:"Rangers is praying a restrain order and that NFF should call her affiliate NPL to order by reversing the decision while upholding the league table of August,2012 and that the NFF should compel the NPL to set the record straight and apologise to the soccer loving Nigerians who might have suffered shock over the decision.

"We asked that NFF should restrain the NPL from further actions in line with their decision which may bring the game into disrepute.

"While pledging our loyalty to the NFF, we might consider other legal options open to us in pursuing our course in ensuring that he who goes to equity must do so with clean hands and must pursue it to its logical end and see that justice is not only done  but done properly for the interest of our football.

"We called on all lovers of football in Nigeria and in diaspora to condemn this obnoxious decision by the NPL while standing on the August,2012 league table."