The Team Manager, Rangers International FC of Enugu, Amaobi Ezeaku, says he is optimistic that the club will retain the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) trophy they won last year.
Speaking with journalists, Ezeaku said that the possibility of retaining the trophy was not beyond the club considering their recent upsurge.
“We recently succeeded bring in Johnson Omoh from Wikki Tourist and Rasaq Aliu from Kano Pillars before the transfer window shutdown.
“Aliu is a Defensive Midfielder and Omoh is a Striker. Aliu in our last game against Gombe United was impressive after the interval when he was introduced.
“We can now happily say that we have a full house and God willing, the arsenal we have will lead us to where we intend to be this season.
“With the rate and the tempo we are going in the league and considering the results of our matches after CAF Confederation Cup exit, I am optimistic that we will successfully defend the league’s title,’’ he said.
The manager said that if the club failed to defend the title, one of the continental tickets will not elude them, adding that the club will take the match as they come.
“I feel glad and impressed because in our last three home matches, we won convincingly and got an away point in Gombe, before the start of the second stanza.
“The team improves everyday and we work so hard in training morning and evening now.
“We are strong mentally, physically and psychologically because we know that a lot is expected of us as the defending champions.
“Our fans expect a lot from us as well as the state government.
“So, we work day-in, day-out so that we can give them the required result that will motivate them to be solidly behind us to play to the best of our knowledge,’’ he said.
Ezeaku praised the players for their easy gelling which gave the new players room to perform.
He described Okeke Chukwuebuka as a mercurial and lethal attacker, noting that Okeke did marvellously well against Gombe united in their away match before capping his effort with a goal at home.
“It did not surprise me that he bailed us out against Gombe United on Sunday because that was what we saw in him before registering him.
“He is a promising young striker and we know that, so the sky is not just his limit but a starting point if he keeps his head low and listing to the technical crew’s instructions,’’ Ezeaku said.