The Rangers Enugu Rangers International or are a football club based in Enugu, Nigeria. The Rangers are next to Heartland F. C. the only Nigerian team that has never been relegated from the Premier League. Play their home games, the club from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium -. From his followers the team as the "Flying Antelopes " is ( German: Flying Antelopes ) respectively.
1970 - 2000: Formation and first successes
In 1970, the association founded. Just five years later managed the team to the finals of the CAF Champions League. The Rangers were thus the first Nigerian team in the final of the African Champions League. There the club against FC Hafia from Guinea was defeated 1-0 and 2-1. But already the semi-finals went down in the history of the club. In the first leg the team was a guest at the Egyptian representative Ghazl Al- Mehalla. This game ended with a late goal back with 1:3 from the perspective of the Rangers. At that time were players like Mattias Obianika, Emeka " Owusu " Onyedika and captain Christian Chukwu in the squad of antelopes. Because of injuries were for the return leg the former team captain Dominic Ezeani and Kenneth " Kendo " Illodigwe, retold student in the United States to the team at that time. Due to the semi-finals a wave of enthusiasm broke in Enugu.
Spectators camped already days before the return match at the stadium to get tickets for the event. Just seven clock in the morning the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was full. Through large fan support the first leg result could be rotated and the team went through a 2-0 win to the final. In the same year (1975 ) was James Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo president of the club and led him to his greatest success, the African Cup Winners' Cup. This trophy is to be compared in the European Cup Winners' Cup competition. 1979 different Nwobodo from office.
2000 - present: Current Development
In 2005, the championship was decided in a league by return game. In 38 games, the Enugu Rangers could retract twenty victories, only one less than the later table first FC Enyimba. Through seven other draw, the team earned 67 points and secured by the vice-championship. A year later, the system changed to host the Nigerian championship. The twenty first division teams were divided into two groups, with the top two of each group playing off the championship in a short tournament.
During the season of 2006, the Rangers earned seven wins, two draws and left seven times, there loser. This meant the 6th place in Group A of the Premier League. This missed the team with 25 points to qualify for the final round of the championship by six points.
For the 2007 season the team qualified as a table second in Group A for the Super 4 play-off round, was able to win against the other three participants a game there and lost two. This had the fourth place result. The only victory was due on June 6, 2007 after a 1-0 away win against Gombe United FC. After this season, the game system has been changed. There were no more two seasons and the finals of the Super -4 accounted for also. The new system adapted itself to the European, with a total of twenty teams between two summers play the winner. Earlier, the championship was held in a calendar year.
The previous year's good performance was followed by a modest following season was achieved in the eighth. However, the team stopped in front of a home crowd without defeat and won seventeen victories. On foreign soil get only four draws. Other point gains could not be realized.
In November 2008 it was announced that the Rangers are the first Nigerian football team that is run as a business and can sell their own equity shares. But at the beginning of 2009, this deal and the Rangers broke fell into debt. In the league has improved the team and finished the 2008/09 season in sixth place. However, by three draws in the last five matches of the club missed a better placement. 2009/10, the team once again boosted and pushed to fifth place after the conclusion of the year. But like last year, the performance to be again this year after and the team earned in the last five Gameday only seven out of fifteen possible points.
The Enugu Rangers play their home games him from Nnamdi Azikiwe - Stadium. The multi-purpose sports facility has a capacity of 22,000 spectators. It was named after Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria.
- Nigerian Premier League ( championship ): 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984
- Nigerian FA Cup winner (Cup winner): 1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, 1993
- Nigerian FA Cup finalist (Cup finalist ): 1971, 1978, 1987, 1990, 2000, 2004, 2007
- African Cup Winners' Cup winners: 1977
- Finalist in the CAF Champions League: 1975
Well-known former players