Ifeanyi George celebrates goal against Rivers United/ Twitter

A South Africa-based sports philanthropist, Ephraim Onodu, has urged the governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to revive Enugu Rangers and bring the club back to winning ways.

Rangers were unable to defend the league title it won last season finishing the just-concluded league season in 13th on 53 points.

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Onodu, who sponsors the African Unity Soccer tournament, on Wednesday told newsmen the former champions disappointed many fans with their performance.

“Rangers struggled to survive relegation during the league. It came at a time the club won the league after 32 years and expectations were high.

“Many supporters of the club were not happy with the club`s outings during the football season.

“I commend the governor for the drastic measures taken so far to turn around the fortunes of the club,” he said.

Massive support

Onodu also said Ugwuanyi has demonstrated his love for sports with the massive support given to sportsmen and women in the state.

2015/2016 NPFL champions Rangers

“It is on record that the governor sponsored the coal city games after many years of neglect while Rangers won the league after 32 years.

“Rangers FC is an institution to the people of the South East Zone. The team took the Nigerian football scene by storm and has remained steadfast since its inception,” he said.

Onodu further said die-hard supporters of the club are eager to see a new and reinvigorated team for the 2017/2018 football season.

“We appeal to the governor to ensure that Rangers bounces back to winning ways and put smiles on the faces of its numerous supporters.

“We still believe in the Rangers popular slogan, “never say die until the game is over,” he said.