The Football House's organising and disciplinary committee has released the Flying Antelopes duo from the indefinite suspension clamped on them by the LMC after a meeting in AbujaEnugu Rangers' chances of starting the second stanza of the league got a big boost on Thursday after two of their players Seun Taro and Pierre Coly were freed to return to elite division matches by the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as their indefinite ban was upturned at the meeting of the body in Abuja.
Taro and Coly, a Senegalese, were alleged to have assaulted centre referee Audu Ibrahim after the Flying Antelopes played a goalless draw at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu in a Week 3 NPFL encounter and were subsequently banned by the League Management Company (LMC) after a preliminary decision.
The alleged offence also made the Coal City side to play their six consecutive home matches behind closed doors.
Rangers director of Media and Publicity, Foster Chime has expressed happiness at the decision of the O&D decision. He revealed that he knew the body would overrule the earlier directives of the LMC after both players missed out on close to 15 matches of the first stanza.
Chime also said that the players have shown enough remorse to be pardoned for their error which was communicated orally and via writing by the players that they would henceforth be of good behaviour. It was sent to all the bodies concerned.
"We are happy with the ruling. We knew the players would have been freed before now if the O&D had sat on it earlier but we are still thrilled that the two players can now return to the league to help our cause of ending the season as league champions.
"We have lost some ground on the table but with good start at the commencement of the second stanza, Rangers are headed for greatness," Chime told Goal.
The club's general manager, Ozor Paul Chibuzor went philosophical and assured that the objectives of the Flying Antelopes at the start of the season is still very much on course.
Rangers finished the first stanza in 10th position with 27 points from 19 games. They have a tough home game at the restart of the second stanza next week against Nasarawa United in Enugu.