Die-hard fans of Enugu Rangers International Football Club in Nigeria and diaspora have passionately appealed to the new Interim Management of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and Board of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to ensure justice and fair play in deciding Protest and Petition by their team over the six points deduction from Rangers regarding Ocean Boys’ inability to honour some of their matches.
In a release made available to Goal.com and signed by Ejike Eze who is the secretary, Rangers Supporters Worldwide/Stakeholders, Rangers fans and stakeholders, including Ex-Rangers players residing abroad wondered why the NPL and NFF reversed the expulsion order earlier passed by the ousted Baribote-led board on Ocean Boys but did not reverse that of Rangers by re-awarding them the six points deducted by same ousted Baribote-led board and crowning Rangers the winners of the 2011/12 Nigeria Premier League season.
Most of the ex-Rangers players who made their view known during their get together in Enugu last weekend, included Arthur Madueme, Obiekwo Innocent, Luke Okpala, Jazz-Buckanar, Arthur Egbunam, Emeka Nwobodo, Abana Keneth and a host of others, all expressed reservations on the shoddy treatment of Rangers protest on the six-points deduction by the NFF executive committee whom the protest letter was addressed, noting that up till now no verdict or action whatsoever was taken on the protest/petition, which connotes favouritism, unfairness, and injustice to Rangers’ pursuit of equity, fairness and justice in the matter.
In addition to the clarion call for quick justice and concrete determination of the protest, the thirty-six State branches of Rangers supporters/fans clubs nationwide and national headquarters in Enugu have unanimously urged the Nigeria Football Federation to as a matter of urgency, officially declare Rangers International Football Club as the official and authentic Winners of the 2011/2012 Nigeria Premier League and retrieve the coveted trophy from second place Kano Pillars to Rangers who are the true Champions as this will assuage the nerves and feeling of both Rangers fans and football followers worldwide.
In a communiqué after an extraordinary meeting of the Rangers supporters club in Enugu and read by the National Chairman, Achunike Mgbatogbu and the members affirmed that they will continue to pursue the case until justice is done properly.
It would be recalled that Rangers finished last NPL season with 58 points and if the six points are added, the Flying Antelopes will pip Kano Pillars to the crown on better goals difference since both will be tied on 64 points each.