Lagos - Rangers International FC of Enugu are not observing the Christmas holidays, to prepare for crucial club engagements early in the new year, a top official of the club said on Tuesday.
Foster Chime, Media Officer of the Club, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that the club decided to call off the break in order to prepare for the Super Four, expected to hold within the first week of the New Year.
According to him, the team will also prepare for the kick-off of the Premier League, as well as their Continental engagements.
"They have been in camp all along. During these festivities, the management decided they will still stay in camp and we are not giving them any break because we have a full programme from Jan. 4.
"We will be playing the Super 4 in Kano and after that, you know the league will be resuming in the second week of January and by February, we have our first match in the CAF Champions League.
"We have a tight programme, so we do not want to leave anything to chance. And that is why we decided to ensure that both the players and technical crew are all staying in camp.
"That is why we are not giving them any break for this period," Chime said.
According to him, in order to motivate the players, we paid them their December salaries and we have decided to slaughter a cow for them.
Chime also said that the spirit in camp had been high.
"They have been full of expectations. They are all raring to have a go at the commitments for next year."
The media officer said the club had since completed all the registration formalities, ahead of the upcoming season.
He added that the fans of the team had also been full of expectations ahead of the season.