Enugu Rangers begin pre-season training today

Enugu Rangers begin pre-season training today

Nigerian champions, Enugu Rangers, are back in camp today to begin preparations for the 2024/25 season which will see them compete in the CAF Champions League, Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL) and the President's Federation Cup.

The team has been busy strengthening its squad since winning the NPFL title last month, releasing some of its older players and signing some young stars in return ahead of the CAF Champions League group stage draw.

Among the former players due to return to training today are Japhet Opubo, Detang Ogundare, Ikenna Stephen, Joel Odoh, Kenneth Igboke, Austin Onyemaechi, Philip Clement, Ejike Ugochukwu, Kalu Nweke, Kenechukwu Agu, Isaac Saviour, Godwin Obaje, Ifeanyi Onyebuchi, Austin Opara, Chidiebere Nbodo, Chinemelem Ugwueze, Chiedozie Okolie, Kazeem Ogunleye, Kingsley Madufolo, Nazir Auwalu, Rabiu Muhammad and Frank Umilo.

They will be joined by new signings such as Garando Tekena, Evans Ogbonda, Anayole Ogbonna, Ekeson Okolie, Chimobi Igwiro and Somtochukwu Nbodo as well as others who are yet to be confirmed by their current clubs.

Rangers general manager Amobi Ezeaku explained the need for early preparations, saying it would help players achieve full fitness before the start of the new season.

“We are confident that the players have had sufficient rest following the rigours of last season and look forward to returning to camp on Tuesday 9 July 2024 for proper pre-season activity to begin.

“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us this season and look forward to even more from them as we make a big impact on the continent and successfully defend our NPFL title.”

Regarding the suspension and resumption, coach Fidelis Ilechukwu said: “Even if we were given more time, we cannot do so as we have to start preparations for the continental competitions which are scheduled to start in August. Returning early is the sacrifice we have to make to achieve our goals for next season.”

Source: guardian.ng

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