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Harsh Economy Takes Toll On Rangers

Posted: Mar 1, 2016 at 5:24 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

Steve Oma-Ofozor, Lagos

Players in the Nigeria elite league will continue to witness poor financial remunerations following the harsh economic situation in the country, occasioned by the fall in the price of crude oil.
This was the submission of  Christian Chukwu, the Technical Consultant of Enugu Rangers International Football Club, saying that the present economic downturn is taking its toll on the club.

Rangers, one of the oldest football clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), which is yet to experience relegation to the lower league has been unable to pay its players regularly. Independent learnt that the players are still being owed salaries for January and February, 2016.

The management, Independent also gathered, had managed to clear the backlog of salaries (about seven months) owed the players by December 2015 after several protests march, abandonment of training and strikes.

The club however, seemed to be returning to the “dark age” again with the recent development even as the players have maintained a fair run in the two weeks old NPFL 2015/2016 season winning two games out of three and losing one to garner six points on the table standing.

Chukwu, in a phone chat on Monday from his Enugu base, said: “The club is working hard to see that this season will be different from last season financially, because the present economic hardship is not helping matters at all. What management owes the players now is not much, January and February. Though, February just ended.

“The money to pay the salaries has been approved, but bureaucratic bottlenecks are usually the fears and problem; and if that is linked with the economic situation, again is more problem.”
A player who also spoke to Independent under strict anonymity said philosophically, “Only God can tell when we will be out of this problem. Every season same story, no money, no money, yet they want you to deliver.”

A call on the Rangers Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Chibuzor Ozor, by Independent to provide more insight on the situation proved abortive.
This whole saga implies that Rangers players have been plying their trade in the new season, which kicked off February 21, on empty stomach until their salaries are paid.