Enugu Rangers fans protest Ocean Boys expulsion

Reports from Enugu sates that fans of Nigeria Premier League side, Enugu Rangers Thursday took to the streets to protest against what they described as a plot to deny their team a fair chance of competing for the 2011/12 League crown.

Wednesday’s decision by the Nigeria premier League management to expel Ocean Boys and expunge all points acquired from matches involving them effectively knocked Rangers out of contention for the coveted League crown

Rangers fans, PREMIUM TIMES learnt, blocked the streets along Ogui Road and inside the stadium premises and had to be calmed by management of the Coal City team as well as  Foster Chime, media officer for Rangers, who pointed out that it was hectic trying to appease the fans.

“The fans are not happy with the decision of the NPL at all, it amounts to shifting the goal post at the middle of the match” he opined.

The management of Enugu Rangers also on Thursday said they had officially sent a letter of  protest to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) contesting Wednesday’s move by the Nigeria Premier League management  to  deduct all points accrued from Ocean Boys F.C matches having expelled the team from the league.

In a statement, the media officer of Rangers, Foster Chime, said the Rangers management met on Thursday together with Enugu football association and thereafter wrote and sent an official protest letter to NFF, with  the heading “protest against the NPL decision on Wednesday, 8th Sept. 2012 on the deduction of  accrued  match points from Ocean Boys F.C of brass matches and proper interpretation of Article  4.3 (2) of  the 2011/2012 Rules of the NPL.

According to him, the management registered its displeasure with the decision of the NPL which it described as inhuman, day light robbery, draconian as well as satanic.

Rangers claim it is not on record that Ocean Boys F.C of Brass missed two consecutive matches as claimed by the NPL.

The said decision, according to Rangers management, is a contravention of the rules of the competition, as Ocean Boys FC having been allowed by the NPL to honour their week 37 match.

The Flying Antelopes, who look to continue in their search for a Silver ware after they last won one 29 years ago, is asking the NFF to call her affiliate, NPL, to order, by reversing   the decision while upholding the published league table of August, 2012.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini

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