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Rangers International FC Makes History With Ninth Nigerian Premier League Title

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By Maxwell Ngene

History was made at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu as Rangers International Football Club emerged champions of the Nigerian Premier League for a record ninth time! The Flying Antelopes, as they are fondly called, defeated Bendel Insurance Football Club of Benin 2-0 in a thrilling match, marking a triumphant end to the season. This victory is sweet for several reasons. Firstly, it comes in the first year of Governor Peter Mbah’s administration, who has been a staunch supporter of the team. His incentives, encouragement, and enabling environment undoubtedly played a significant role in the team’s success.

Governor Peter Mbah was live at the stadium to witness the historic match, a testament to his commitment to the team and the state’s football development. Before his tenure, Rangers International FC had no stable home ground due to the deplorable state of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium pitch, forcing them to play their home matches in Anambra State. However, Governor Mbah promptly renovated the stadium, transforming it into a world-class facility that has boosted the team’s morale and attracted a massive following of fans and diehard supporters.

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Rangers International Football Club, founded in 1970, has a rich history in Nigerian football. Their first Premier League title came in 1974, and they have since won the coveted trophy in 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 2016, and now 2023/2024. This latest triumph marks their ninth title, solidifying their position as one of the most successful teams in Nigerian football history.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, venue of the historic match, has been a fortress for Rangers International. Named after Nigeria’s first president, the stadium has witnessed many iconic moments in Nigerian sports history. Today’s victory will be etched in the memories of the fans and players alike for years to come.

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As the final whistle blew, the stadium erupted in jubilation. Players, coaches, and fans celebrated with tears of joy, knowing that this victory was not just a testament to their hard work but also a tribute to the vision and support of Governor Peter Mbah. This championship win is a fitting tribute to the governor’s commitment to sports development in Enugu State.

With this victory, Rangers International FC has secured a spot in the African Champions League competition next season, where they will represent Nigeria on the international stage. Up Rangers, Never say, Die!

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