Gov. Ugwuanyi orders overseas treatment for injured Rangers player

By The Citizen

The Governor of Enugu State Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has said that injured Rangers Int'l FC forward Ifeanyi Egwim, will be flown aboard for the best treatment of his broken leg.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Egwim was injured in a Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2015/2016 season deciding encounter.

The match watched by Gov. Ugwuanyi and some of his cabinet members was played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium Enugu with Rangers humiliating El-Kanemi 4-0.

Egwim who replaced Ocheme Edoh in the 83rd minute was injured when the El-Kanemi Warrior FC of Maiduguri goalkeeper, Yekeen Kazeem advanced and crashed on him after a charge.

The dangerous kick of the goalkeeper which earned him a red card from the centre referee, left Egwim with a broken leg.

Egwim had meandered the opponent's defense line and heading toward the goal post in the 88th minute when he was bumped into by goalkeeper Kazeem.

Medical personnel quickly called in the ambulance which immediately took him to hospital after a close examination.

Rangers defensive midfielder Charles Agbo, told NAN that the governor had promised to fly Egwim abroad for proper medical treatment.

According to Agbo, governor Ugwuanyi has promised to foot the bill of Agbo's treatment abroad to ensure he gets back t football as quickly as possible.

'He is in the hospital right now but we thank God it is not death.

'With the help of our governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi who said he will fly him out for treatment, we hope he will be fit to play football again,' Agbo said.

Agbo, who is the younger brother to the Granada FC and Super Eagles new invitee Uche Agbo, noted that Egwim's injury has cut short Rangers celebration of the NPFL title win.

'Rangers players and management are in sober mood in spite winning the title after 32 years; celebration is on our mind but we can't express it because of Egwim's injury.

'However, I thank Coach Imama Amapakabo for finding me worthy to make the Rangers team; I only played Pro League before he (Imama) spotted me.

'I am happy to be among the players that won the title but the celebration has been cut short,' Agbo added.

The victory took Rangers to 63 points from 38 matches, three ahead of challengers Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt who were 2-1 winners over Akwa United in Uyo.