The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Enugu State chapter has raised alarms over the current state of affairs at Enugu Rangers Football Club. The club, which is one of the oldest and most successful Nigerian Premier League teams, is struggling to maintain its form in the 2022/23 season.
SWAN has attributed Rangers’ poor performance to the neglect and failure of the Enugu State government to complete renovation work on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. The stadium, which was closed down in 2020 for renovation, has yet to be reopened despite the government’s promises to have it ready in time for the new season.
The government’s failure to deliver on its promise has caused a huge setback for Rangers, who have been forced to play their home games at other stadiums in the state. This has had a significant impact on the team’s performance, as they have been unable to enjoy the home advantage and the support of their fans.
It is imperative that the government takes the necessary steps to expedite the renovation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium. Rangers’ success is intrinsically linked to the club’s home ground, as it is crucial that they have a stadium that provides a comfortable atmosphere for both players and fans.
The government should also take measures to ensure that Rangers get the financial support they need to compete in the NPFL. The club has been struggling financially for a number of years, and it is essential that the government provide the necessary funding for the team to perform at its highest level.
SWAN Enugu State chapter has called on the government to take swift action in order to save Rangers from further decline. It is essential that the government takes steps to complete the renovation work on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and provide the necessary financial support for the club. Only then will Rangers be able to compete on an even footing in the Nigerian Premier Football League.