It was befuddling, to say the least when I saw photos of Enugu Rangers’ title parade which held on Sunday, October 16. Rangers lifted t...
It was befuddling, to say the least when I saw photos of Enugu Rangers’ title parade which held on Sunday, October 16.
Rangers lifted the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title on Sunday, October 2 after beating El Kanemi 4-0 at their home of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu. This was their first title in 32 years and what was expected was a befitting title parade around the football loving city of Enugu.
But what we saw has to be one of the most disturbing sights in Nigerian modern football. A white and red cloth was attached to the side of the truck with a huge sign in front where they indicated their title win.
Like something from a scene off a Chinua Achebe novel set on ancient Nigeria; it was disheartening, classless and crass.
This shameful parade raises so many questions. Is there no provision for this in the budget of the League Management Company (LMC), who are the sponsors of Enugu Rangers and where was the Enugu State Government.
After waiting 32 years to win the Nigerian league, this is how Enugu Rangers had their title parade— Wolexis.com (@wolexis) October 16, 2016
A club of Enugu Rangers status in a huge city like Enugu deserve a far more flamboyant title parade but Nigerian football like everything in this country is in a chaotic state and this is the perfect scenario to explain it.Title parade in England, South Africa and Nigeria— Wolexis.com (@wolexis) October 16, 2016
We can't be this backward in 2016. An old rickety trailer? pic.twitter.com/H2eAkOPJnM
Reacting to the title parade on Instagram, sports journalist and former media officers of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh wrote
Following the criticisms from social media, Enugu Rangers apologised to Nigerians o Twitter.
“We are sincerely sorry for the embarrassment yesterday during our victory parade. God bless you all,” they wrote.
An apology is not needed; they only played on the level of Nigerian football.We are sincerely sorry for the embarrassment yesterday during our victory parade. God bless you all— Rangers Int. FC (@RangersIntFC) October 16, 2016