The Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Monday has compensated the efforts of Nigeria Premier League (NPL) champions, Enugu Rangers players and their coaches with N 41.5m and a plot of land each at the Rangers Estate in Enugu.
Ugwuanyi announced the rewards at a reception in honour of the team at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu.
This came up as dividends for winning their seventh league title and first since 1984.
Giwa, Heartland, Ikorodu United and Warri Wolves finished as the bottom four teams in the standings and will be relegated to Nigeria National League for the 2017 season.
There were also individual prizes for some members of the team, with midfielder Obinna Nwobodo winning the Best Player award and captain Okey Odita lifting the Best Behaved Player award. Christian Mmadu was rewarded for emerging as the Most Consistent Player.
The coach of the side, Imama Amakapabo, also received an individual reward for winning the league title for the first time in 32 years.
The Flying Antelopes lead closest challengers, River United by three points but with superior goals difference and it will be an impossible mission for Stanley Eguma’s men to record a 5-0 away at Akwa United on the last day– having in mind that they have struggled away from home this season.
Thus, the Flying Antelopes are now champions after Sunday’s 2-1 victory against Ikorodu United at the MKO Abiola Stadium.
Some former players of the club were also honoured at the event, which was witnessed by a large crowd.
Former goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala, former captain and current Technical Director of the outfit, Christian Chukwu, and Dominic Nwobodo were honoured.
Speaking at the event, Ugwuanyi noted that Rangers won the league title “after 32 years in the wilderness”.
He commended the players and the coaching staff for the achievement.