Abu Azeez, Femi Thomas, Godwin Zaki… Rangers unveil 17 new players


Enugu Rangers FC have unveiled 17 new players for the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

According to NAN, the players were unveiled at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium, Enugu on Thursday.

They include Abu Azeez, beach soccer poster boy, former Rivers United goalkeeper Femi Thomas and Godwin Zaki.

Davidson Owumi, general manager of Rangers FC, said “it is now a new philosophy and culture in Rangers, to unveil our new sign-ons before the commencement of the season.

“Apart from the 35 players that will be registered for the season, we have also assembled very talented under-18 players.

“The idea is to incorporate the very talented youths around the Enugu environment into the team.”

Owumi said the club would soon unveil its major merchandise sponsors.

“We want to produce Rangers jerseys and caps which our fans can purchase as part of their support for the club.

“Also, we are working on the possibilities of people purchasing their tickets online. Fans can even buy their tickets for the season for the whole year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Olugbenga Ogunbote, technical adviser of Rangers, said he was sure of the capabilities of the players.

“I am happy with all the players I have. With them, I believe that we are going to do well this season,” he said.

Speaking at the ceremony, Azeez said playing for Rangers would not put him under pressure, but rather motivate him to do well.

“I am not under any pressure. It is a club I have always dreamt of playing for, and all I need to do is to intensify my training and work hard,” he said.

“I just want this team to get a trophy at the end of the season and get a ticket to play on the continent.”

The 17 new players

Abu Azeez
Femi Thomas
Godwin Zaki
James Aiyeyemi
Ajani Ibrahim
Yusuf Ibrahim
Shedrach Francis
Brown Okpus
Tayo Fabiyi
Solomon Okpako
Ugonna Anyora
Chigozie Christopher
Salawu Ibrahim
Felix Ogbuke
Semiu Liadi
Jonathan Richard
Ayoegueke Chukwuemeka


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