Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rangers’ supporters honour NPL boss

Chairman of Nigeria Premier League, (NPL), Davidson Owumi, was conferred with a certificate of honour as a patron of Enugu Rangers International Football Supporters’ Club by the national executive last weekend.
Nigeria's Daily Independent reports that the brief but very colourful ceremony saw all the executive members of the club and some ardent members in attendance.
According to the chairman of the club, Achinike Mgbatogu, his qualities are second to none.
“Owumi’s sterling records since he joined Rangers as a player through all his days handling various management positions has to a very large extent won more admirers to the club. 
“We can’t forget in a hurry all that you did for the supporters club when you were at the helm of affairs as the C.E.O of Rangers International F.C and the numerous soccer battles we went on to conquer together.   You truly have the blood of Rangers flowing through your veins and we implore to march on in your resolve to sanitize the Nigerian league,” he said.
In his speech, the national secretary, Eneh Romanus, said: “This resolve to bestow on you the prestigious award of a distinguished patron of our club was a pains-taking one and we are glad to have found in you the qualities of a good leader. 
“We call on you to keep doing what you are doing as no attempt to derail your efforts to give us a league that we would be proud about will come to pass. The award is our way of encouraging to in this onerous task that you are embarking.”
Speaking after receiving the award, Owumi, who was beyond words said: “Sincerely, I am really short of words but I must thank you for this honour. Surely this will spur me to do more for the game of football in the country. I do remember vividly how your drums and metal gongs always put us in the right frame of minds to defend the colours of Rangers in my playing days and when I became part of the management team. I thank you for this honour and promise to keep the flag flying for the good of Nigeria football.”
The NPL boss urged the group to fashion out ways of having a strong fan base that can enable them have a strong stake in the management of the club just as it is done in most developed football playing nations.

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