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Ufeli tips Rangers for Africa title

Former Enugu Rangers' defender, Ernest Ufeli has said the Coal City side will be the team to beat at next year’s Caf Champions League competition.

Rangers will hoist the nation’s flag at Africa’s elite club competition after they emerged runners-up at the 2011/2012 league season.

Ufeli said Rangers' position at the end of last season’s league attracted the best legs to the side during the recruitment exercise.

“Rangers will shock Nigerians positively next year on the continent. The team will go places both on the continent and in the league. We recruited the best legs for our assignment and the continental title won’t elude us.

“Our position last season attracted over 80 players, it became difficult to prone the size down to 30, so I think we’ve assembled the best material that will help us meet our targets in the league and continent,” said the Rangers’ board member to supersport.com.

The former Nigerian strongman who condemned the uncertainty trailing the start of the 2012/2013 league season however said the delay will not affect Flying Antelopes chances on the continent.

“The uncertainty on the kick-off date of the new season is the biggest embarrassment facing the game at the moment and not until we have square pegs in square holes we’ll continue to suffer the sorry situation.

“But I assure you it won’t affect Rangers' participation in the Caf Champions League. We’re preparing adequately for the competition and need not wait for the league to start to do what is right,” he said.

Ufeli is still adamant that Rangers were robbed of the 2011/2012 NPL title.

“Rangers were robbed of the league title. The decision to deduct points from teams was a bad policy and will continue to hurt us for a long time to come.

“But I won’t say the season was entirely a bad one. For the past 27 years Rangers never won any trophy but last year we won a continental ticket, so it was a good season,” he said.


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