Rangers International FC Clinches 2023/2024 NPFL Title with Victory over Bendel Insurance

Enugu, Nigeria – June 17, 2024: Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has secured the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) title following a decisive 2-0 victory over Bendel Insurance on Sunday. This triumph marks Rangers’ eighth league title, positioning them as the second most successful club in NPFL history, just behind Enyimba, which boasts nine titles.

The victory propelled Rangers to an unassailable 67 points at the top of the league standings, making their lead insurmountable with one game remaining. The win was further sweetened by losses from their closest rivals, Remo Stars and Enyimba, who succumbed to Sunshine Stars and Sporting Lagos respectively.

Rangers, who had been leading the league table for several weeks, faced significant pressure to secure a victory to clinch the title. The prospect of dropping points could have allowed Remo Stars or Enyimba to close the gap. However, the Flying Antelopes rose to the occasion in front of a jubilant home crowd at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, commonly known as the “Cathedral.”

The match saw its first goal at the 32-minute mark when Kenechukwu Agu scored from a meticulously placed free-kick, sending the stadium into a frenzy. The team continued to press forward and secured a second goal in the 65th minute through Chidiebere Nwobodo. This goal alleviated any remaining tension among the fans, who broke into chants of “holy, holy, holy, Enugu Rangers is another champion” as they celebrated their team’s triumph.

With the league title secured, Rangers’ upcoming match against Gombe United is now a formality, as no other team can surpass their points tally. In addition to the title, Rangers’ victory guarantees them a spot in the 2024/2025 CAF Champions League, representing Nigeria on the continental stage.

The battle for Nigeria’s second Champions League slot remains open, with Remo Stars, Enyimba, and Shooting Stars vying for the coveted position in the final game of the season.

Rangers’ remarkable achievement has cemented their legacy in Nigerian football, and their fans eagerly anticipate the club’s participation in the upcoming CAF Champions League, hoping for further success on the international stage.

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