Rangers deny signing Agbim, in talks with 13 players

The Flying Antelopes have denied media reports which stated that the club has signed specific numbers of players when it is still in talks with just thirteen

Enugu Rangers have come out to discredit media reports which speculated that the club has signed a lot of players ahead of the 2012/2013 Nigeria Premier League season.

The media has been awash with the reported signing of Super Eagles’ Chigozie Agbim from Warri Wolves, Sunday Mba, Anthony Okemmiri and a host of others but the Flying Antelopes' assistant coach, Monday Odigie has explained to Goal.com that no deals have been completed as he speaks.

He cautioned the media against sensational reporting and advised them to verify their information before releasing it to the public.

The former Bayelsa United and Golden Eaglets' coach revealed that with only 15 players retained from those that were with the club last season, the Flying Antelopes would be reinforcing with about 12 to 13 new players.

Odigie confirmed that a lot of players had thronged their Enugu base with a view to getting a contract but stressed that none of them has been given a contract as talks were ongoing between the players they have pencilled down and their representatives.

"I don't know where the reporters got their information that we have signed this and that player. There is no iota of truth in those reports.

"Like you have just done now to call for verification is what I expect others to do before writing on the acquisition of any player. Contracts are not signed on the pages of newspapers and the clubs of the players involved must give their blessings before they can be released.

"We have it in mind to sign about 12 to 13 new players because we will need about 28 players or thereabouts for our programmes in the country and on the continent. Talks are still ongoing but we have not signed any of them, don't believe all what you read in the papers," Odigie informed Goal.com.

Rangers finished second on the NPL log last season behind winners, Kano Pillars and both clubs will represent Nigeria in the lucrative Caf Champions League next year.