Rangers to contest CAF disqualification at CAS

The country's Caf Confederation Cup hopefuls who were disqualified from the second tier club competition have resorted to CAS to seek redress with high expectations

The Management of Enugu Rangers have indicated intention to take CAF to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) over their disqualification from the Confederation Cup for allegedly fielding ineligible player Emmanuel Daniel.

In a press statement in Enugu, the club’s director of media and publicity, Foster chime said that the club took the decision after a crucial meeting recently, between Enugu State Football Association and Rangers Management to assess the decision of the CAF Appeal Committee which upheld the decision of its Disciplinary Committee to expel the Flying Antelopes out of the competition.

General manager of Rangers, Ozor Paul Chibuzor described CAF's ruling as a miscarriage of Justice and unfair, noting that CAF's  ruling that Rangers did not give consent to Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) to appeal on their behalf, could not  hold water, since NFF as umbrella body of Football in Nigeria has always represented her affiliates in Nigeria, including all the premiership and non-premiership clubs.

According to him: "Rangers as a law abiding and responsible club will duly return to its rightful place in the group stage of the Confederation Cup competition."

Mr Chibuzor explained that Rangers wrote and sent letters of consent and mandate on the 2nd and 3rd of July to NFF through Enugu State Football Association for onward transaction to CAF in Cairo Egypt.

He argued that Rangers equally paid the CAF appeal fee of the USD3000 to the CAF interclub committee through NFF which they acknowledged.

The GM expressed gratitude to the NFF for exonerating Rangers Management from any blame regarding Emmanuel Daniel issue and their sustained assistances and support on the case.

He appealed to Rangers Fans and supporters to remain calm as the club will reclaim their hard earned qualification forcefully taken away from them through the boardroom politics or fault technicalities.