Enugu Rangers delegation of 40 players, technical crew and backroom staff arrived at Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital yesterday for one week of close camping exercise preparatory to the kick-off of the 2020/2021 season.
Coach Salisu expressed optimism ahead of the season while describing the camping exercise in Abakaliki as one that will enable him and his assistants to have a closer look at the players as the ‘Flying Antelopes’ target the league title and Aiteo Cup in the coming season.
“Sincerely, with what I have seen of the players since we resumed, I believe we shall make our fans very happy at the end of the season.
“As we go for the one-week close camping in Abakaliki, it will give us ample opportunity to put finishing touches to the team we are building to fly our flag very high,” said the former Super Eagles head Coach.
Captain of the Enugu side, Tope Olusesi said, “The pre-season will continue in Abakaliki and I believe it will give us enough time to create the understanding needed to challenge for both the Aiteo and league trophies in the coming season.”
While in the ‘Rice City’, Rangers will engage some teams in friendly games with fellow NPFL side like Dakkada expected to be among the teams.
Twenty-seven retained and ten new players made the trip for the close camping with former Dakkada players, Femi Ajayi and Esor Achibong leading the new ‘Antelopes’ while old reliables like Osas Okoro, Ibrahim Olawoyin, Tony Shimaga and Israel Abia are leading the retained players.
Rangers will be making a road trip to Port-Harcourt for a date with Rivers United in a match day 1 fixture before coming back to the coal city to play host to Akwa United F.C of Uyo a week later.