Ahead the 2020/21 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Rangers International have indicated preparedness to substantially comply with the provisions of the Club Licensing Requirements.
It will be recalled that the League Management Company (LMC) had on August 6 sent a memo to all the 20 clubs with the Confederation of African Football (CAF)/ Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Licensing requirements.
The LMC had while noting that the Federal Government was yet to lift the ban on football activities as a result of the COVID 19 Pandemic, urged the clubs to begin to put in place those requirements that can be achieved within the ambit of the relaxation of the lockdown.
According to the Team Manager of Rangers International, Amobi Ezeaku, “Rangers has always been at the forefront of ensuring that Club Licensing requirements are met. Already we have called upon the Fire Service for inspections and recommendations as well as being issued a fire safety certificate.
“We have also made contact with the State Police Command for Security analysis and review and issuance of Police Safety Certificate. Same has been done with the Enugu State Waste Management Authority and the State Emergency Management Agency”, he said while speaking to LMC Media.
Ezeaku, disclosed that the camp of the club has already undergone phases of decontamination, adding, “once the players are back the necessary medical tests would be carried out with reports submitted to the appropriate authorities”.
Rangers, he disclosed, have ensured that the playing surface and other stadium infrastructure are also being maintained and decontaminated from time to time in anticipation of resumption.
Ezeaku said the club has received the assurances of the funders, the Enugu State government on the provision of the financial guarantees through a Letter of Financial Guarantee that would be submitted at the appropriate time.
Assessing the impact of the pandemic on Rangers activities, Ezeaku said, “it has really twisted our preseason plans. It has been difficult, from the loss of our player in a fatal accident to having players individually train at home.
“In as much as the Technical Crew gave the players daily programs, we understand the importance of bonding together as a team and the gains of such. We hope that soon the green light for the players to return would be given, the tests conducted and normalcy returned”.