September 26, 2014 – Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the media officer of Rangers International FC of Enugu, in regards to their week 28 Glo Premier League encounter with Abia Warriors at the Umuahia Township stadium in which he claimed that the team was molested at the end of the game which ended goalless.
The truth is that the match officials demonstrated clear biased officiating against Abia Warriors and did everything to frustrate every goal bound move of the homeside while also allowing Rangers players the freedom to engage in time wasting techniques and manhandling of our players.
On at least three occasions, the referee denied Abia Warriors clear cut spot kick opportunities and capped it by disallowing a validly good goal scored by Osas Idehen mild-way in the second-half much to the bewilderment of everybody at the stadium, except, of course, the match referees and their Rangers allies.
Despite the obvious provocation, Abia Warriors fans maintained their cool at the end of the game while security agents ensured nobody was molested as Rangers team as a whole and the match officials peacefully walked to their dressing rooms without any molestation.
It is therefore, surprising when Rangers officials wrote that they were molested after the game. This fabrication is perhaps a way to divert attention so that they will go scot free with their antics.
Enugu is just about one hour drive from Umuahia and so it was not surprising that Rangers fans stormed Umuahia with a large number of their fans and the tight security ensured that the atmosphere remained peaceful, before, during and even after the game.
The Rangers match was Abia Warriors’ 14th home game of the season and no incident of any type has ever been recorded even when the result did not favour the home side.
Our promise is that teams visiting Umuahia for a game with Abia Warriors will continue to enjoy the best of hospitality as has been our trademark.