Enugu rangers seals new contract with investment firm
The Rangers International Football Club, popularly known as Enugu Rangers, have sealed a landmark partnership contract with an investment and financial advisory firm, Afrinvest Limited, in the areas of infrastructure, logistics, brand management, sponsorship of jerseys and other training kits that will revive the football club for global competition.
Correspondent Jude Ezike reports that the state governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, in an address reiterated his administration support to restore the glory of the football club to its premier status through funding adding that sport enthusiasts would soon see Enugu Rangers as their favourite sport club in the continent.
Speaking, during the signing of the partnership agreement, the governor who was represented by the Secretary to the state government prof Chidiebere Onyia said the administration had indicated special interest in sports and would commit huge investment on the sector as a source of business, employment and revenue generation for the youths.
The governor, who said that the government was deliberate in making the state an attractive hub for investors, added that it would continue to partner with the private sector, such as the one with Afrinvest, to achieve the vision of making Enugu one of the top three states in the country in terms of gross domestic product.
Speaking earlier, the Group Managing Director of Afrinvest, Engr Ike Chioke, said the efforts to bring professional partnership to the club dated years back culminating in the milestone of signing the agreement.
He promised that Afrinvest would do everything within its reach to rebrand the club and give it a global attraction with the plans on ground as part of the company’s social corporate responsibility to engender youth empowerment and development.
Chioke also disclosed that the governor had already committed to the timely completion of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, so that Enugu Rangers could return back to the state for their training activities and matches.
He said the materials and infrastructures needed to give the stadium a befitting standard had already arrived the country, assuring fans that the project would be completed before the end of this year.
The Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon. Lloyd Ekweremadu, in an interview lauded the partnership as timely and progressive, stressing that a new Rangers was underway.
He said part of the project was the fifty million naira partnership contract which included the provisions of jerseys and other training kits for the players with clauses for future review.