Enugu - Rangers International of Enugu Coach, Imama Amapakabo,
on Monday said the team would be fortified with additional experienced players
ahead of the 2016/2017 season.
Amakapabo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu
that injecting new players into the squad became necessary, for it to also go
far in the CAF Champions League.
According to the coach, the team has set its eyes on
defending the cup they won in the just concluded season and would recruit
experienced players to achieve its target.
The club last won the title in 1984.
The coach, however, did not disclose the number of
additional players to be injected into the team.
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“For the 2016/2017 season at the national level, we will
defend our hard-earned NPFL title and participate in the CAF Champions League.
“We need to fortify the team with some experienced players
because competing in the continent is a higher task.
“Also, we needed to keep a good number of reserve players to
meet-up with the national encounters – Federation Cup as well as in the NPFL-
where we needed to defend our hard earned title,’’ he said.
Amapakabo, who was a member of the 1985 Golden Eaglets World
Cup winning team in China, urged the club’s management to improve the players’
welfare, to get the best from them.
“We will approach the CAF Champions League, NFPL and
Federation Cup with the same zeal, hard work and system we deployed to win the
“We will strive to become the first team to win the CAF
Champions League for Nigeria since Enyimba won it in 2004,’’ he said.
Amapakabo, who had recently signed a two-year contract with
Rangers, attributed the team’s success to God’s grace, hard work, unity and
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