Some journalists at the event. L-R; Chimeze Anaso, Ikem Asika, Uche Enem and Emeka Okeke
A Retired Brigadier General Chuka Arinze Ebenebe of the Nigeria Army on 26th August, 2017 played host to both old and new members of Rangers FC at Millikent Hotel, Nibo.
In an interview, General Ebenebe said that the nostalgic feeling about the team pushed him to organize the party. He added that many veteran players lack care and concern and this also made him to create an avenue for them to relax and catch fun.
'When I saw Arthur Ebunam in a similar get together, I was excited and I decided to ask him about some of our sports friends and he told me that some of our veterans footballers had dropped and the reason was because of lack of care by our leaders' Gen. Ebenebe added
In an interview with the press, Gen. Ebenebe reeled out some ways members of ex- rangers could be appreciated for their efforts in Nigeria. He said that since the Rangers team Football Club has brought honour to the country, the veterans should be rehabilitated and given appointments in their respective states where they come from.
Members of Rangers FC recounting some of their football experiences. Left is Harrison Okagbue and right is Nestor Ufoeze
'Rangers Team is the only team that hasn't been relegated. I feel this is the time for them to be appreciated by our leaders and rehabilitated by way of giving them appointments in respective states they come from.
'They have played a role in Nigeria especially in the integration of Nigeria. From what I have seen, about 70 percent of them are living in penury which is not supposed to be so. Employment should be created for them. The governments should provide buses for them to move from one place to the other.
'They should help their families and help in integrating them with lucrative footballers so that they will be recognized and taken care of. They could be used in political activities like representing the country as sports ambassadors. They could be also be used to endorse industry because they are Nigerian true legends'
Members of Rangers chilling. L- R; Harrison Mecha, Kenneth Abana and Arthur Ebunam
He advised our teaming youths to be fit at the physical, mental and psychological levels. Using the likes of Segun Odegbami, Patrick Ekeji, he encouraged all footballers to also embrace education as a means of survival.
'Sporting activities is important for survival. There is no room for illiteracy. For you to play football, you have to combine it with education. Football is lucrative but it doesn't mean education should be abandoned' He added.
Some members of Rangers who were present are; Kenneth Abana, Harrison Okagbue, Harrison Mecha, Patrick Iluno, Francis Nwosu, Paul Obiakor, Nestor Ufoeze, Mike Ogbodudu, Ifeanyi Mazeli, Ikechukwu Emele, Ifeanyi Onyedika, Ifeanyi Ezeji, Emeka Onwuekwe, Tony Iregbu, Emeka Nwobodo, Chudi Nnona, Festus Agu, Joseph Nwafor, Fred Okpala and many others.