Players Union Thumbs Up Rangers Over Payment of Ifeanyi Insurance Package
Former Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL champions, Rangers International FC of Enugu has be described as the best organised professional football club in Nigeria.
The National Association of Nigeria Football, NANF who made the commendation Sunday, eulogised the South East bases club for its professionalism in effect the life insurance package of their later striker, Ifeanyi George.
Ifeanyi George died in March on his way to Lagos from Enugu where he was headed to see his family
The club announced last week that the later player’s family will this week receive the sum of twenty million naira (N20, 000 000 . 00) as insurance package for the deceased.
In a press statement Sunday and made available to our correspondent, NANF President, Harrison Jalla commdeded Rangers for their uncommon initiative and called on other clubs to emulate the 2018 Aiteo Cup champions.
“The Rangers International Football Club of Enugu is today unarguably the best organized professional Football Club in Nigeria. Rangers International Football Club has a rich history of achievement locally and internationally and undoubtedly the club has the richest profile of talented players in the history of Nigeria Football,” the released started.
Stressing “The Rangers International brand is a symbol of the whole Igbo Race world wide. An institution painstakingly established over the decades through hard work and perseverance. Rangers International is properly structured and runs its administration with an incorporated Board, the Rangers Management Corporation is an independent entity under the Enugu state ministry of youth and sports.
“The club keeps strick adherence to the tenets of the standard professional players contract, and has the best camping facilities in the country with tastefully furnished accommodation for players. The Rangers management corporation is headed by a General manager with functional departments like, Legal, Welfare, Media, Marketing etc.
“Rangers International Just need to move one step forward into the stock market and the rest will be history because their shares will be over subscribed.
“In keeping with its main priority for welfare of players the General manager/CEO of Rangers Davidson Owumi announced early last week that the Rangers Management will be presenting a cheque of 20,000,000 million Naira to the family of late Ifeanyi George who died in a car accident on his way to Lagos during the COVID 19 pandemic break.
“This is the first time in the history of Nigeria football we have seen such a gesture, even though its a right for players to have life insurance policy by their clubs.
“A few months back we lost Chieme Martins of Nasarawa united on the field of play right in the presence of the sitting Governor of Nasarawa state, as we speak nothing to show for Martins death.
“We also lost Samuel Okwaraji right on the field of play at the National Stadium Surulere Lagos, the mother of late Samuel Okwaraji just died in penury a few weeks back. We can go on and on, the list is endless.
“Special Kudos must go to his Excellency Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state. Two things will continue to endear Governor Ugwuanyi to all football loving Nigerians: first is his comportment at the Asaba Township stadium during the AITEO cup final match between Rangers International and Kano pillars in 2018. Even when Rangers waw 3 goals down
“His Excellency remained glued to his seat and cheering his club, at this stage so many Rangers Fans have lost faith and where heading back to Enugu in the second half of the game. Governor Ugwuanyi’s patience paid off and Rangers miraculously came from 3 goals down to win the AITEO cup.
“Secondly Ugwuanyi’s unflinching support to Rangers particularly in the area of players welfare.
“To drive his vision for Rangers Governor Ugwuanyi hired Davidson Owumi one of the best football administrator in the country to run the affairs of Rangers international. Governor Ugwuanyi also extends his support to Ex-Rangers international players through their Association ( Ex-Rangers).
“Rangers is the only club in Nigeria today that has an Association for retired players. Other professional clubs in Nigeria should emulate Rangers they are exhibiting class on how professional clubs should be run,” NANF said