Enugu Rangers receive governor’s N41.5m largesse

Rangers Media Director, Foster Chime, has confirmed that players and officials of the club have received Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s cash gift for winning the Nigerian league at the close of the 2015/2016 Nigerian Professional Football League season.

Ugwuanyi had at a reception for the club organised by the Enugu State Government presented a cheque of N41.5m to the champions. They became champions again after about 32 years of trophy drought.

The club also won the right to represent Nigeria at the 2016/2017 Confederation of African Football Champions League. Chime, however, told News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Enugu that the club’s Head of Finance, Osmond Ugwu, confirmed the full payment of the governor’s financial incentive to the players and officials.

He said the money was paid into the various accounts of the players and officials on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30.

On the plots of land announced by Gov. Ugwuanyi for each player, Chime said the club’s management had confirmed that necessary documentation for the release of the plots was at an advanced stage.

“In no distant time, the beneficiaries –- players — will get the necessary documents and know the exact location of the land allotted to them,’’ he said.

Chime added that Rangers Board Steering Committee, headed by Acting Chairman, Steve Oruruo, had concluded negotiations with both old and new players in the club including Etim Mathew, whose contract run till 2019.