According to the article below, a football club was responsible for giving the Igbos a new identity after the Nigeria Biafra war. Read below:
The Igbo man lost the war and also, all his money to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He was seemingly down and just hanging on the fringes of life. But gradually, his Nzogbu Nzogbu Enyimba, Enyi philosophy found expression in a football club that arose from the ashes of the war to reign as champions, recording victories that assuaged their battered ego. The football club gave them some identity and became a movement of the people.
That club is Enugu Rangers, also known as Rangers International. Rangers were more than a football club to the Igbo man. From Cyril Okosieme to Emmanuel Okala, if a Rangers keeper had the ball, it seemed he shouted, while kicking the ball, ‘on your mark, set, go‘ and the players would be running on opponents like Cheetah.
Without so much finesse but with dogged determination, they won matches and matches and became the identity of the Igbo people. Till date, they remain a reference point on how leaders can use sports to mobilise and unite their people. Segun Odegbami has not stopped eulogizing the spirit of the Igbo man with reference to Enugu Rangers. He played against them and with many of them in the Eagles, he should know better.
When the military returned to the barracks to usher in the Second Republic in 1979, all Jim Nwobodo needed to be governor of the old Anambra State (now Enugu, Ebonyi and Anambra) was his profile as Chairman of Enugu Rangers. And he was a very popular governor for that matter.
Barely one year after the war, Rangers won the Amachree Cup which took the place of the national league on adhoc basis. It was the first and the last of the Cup. That opened the flood gate. They won the FA Cup in 1974, the double in 1975 and in 1976. Then they won the league and Africa Winners Cup in 1977. They were to win the double again in 1981 and the league in 1982.
Rangers won the Challenge Cup in 1983 and the league in 1984.