The members of ex-Rangers International FC resident in the U.S. have hailed the current players and the crew for their victorious comeback to international football limelight.
Rangers, the champions of 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), will represent the country at the 2016/2017 African Football Confederation (CAF) Champions League.
The Coordinator of ex-Rangers International in Texas, U.S., Arthur Ebunam, gave the commendation while speaking on Monday on telephone.
Ebunam, a former Rangers midfielder, said that the ex-Rangers players and supporters in the U.S. monitored the final match via internet telecast.
He said the members also telephoned some people at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu during the half time and end of the match on Sunday.
“I must tell you that from the internet telecast the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was electrifying.
“The type of crowd there on Sunday was more than the people that attend international matches and even matches of the English Premier League.
“On behalf of all of us in the U.S., we commend the team, its technical crew and support staff as well as the die-hard fans that have stood with the club these 32 years of title drought.
“The 4-0 defeat of El-Kanemi FC of Maiduguri was resounding as we watched the best of classical football yesterday (Sunday),’’ he said.
Ebunam, who is also the Chairman of Anambra Chapter of Ex-Rangers International, said that after the match, the ex-Rangers had a cocktail to celebrate the team.
“After, the match we gave ourselves a special treat in Dallas and it was wonderful to see many of us ex-Rangers in the U.S. coming together after a long while.
“We will continue to support the club at every level, especially now that we have a continental league hurdle to overcome,’’ he said.