How A Football Club Helped ‘Revive Igbo Spirits’ After The Nigeria Biafra War

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.

Igbo star Samuel Chukwueze dazzles Villarreal fans with comand performance

Villarreal of Spain rising star, Samuel Chukwueze, was phenomenal during the match against Real Madrid. The match ended in a 2-2 draw.

Even though the Igbo Nigerian forward didn’t score, he provided the assist for Carzola’s first goal. Also he constantly attacked the defence of the European champions.

Football fans went on social media to heap praise on the 19-year-old wonderboy for stamping his authority during the game.

It is no surprise that Arsenal are said to be keeping tabs on the resourceful Igbo soccer star.

 The Nwa afor Igbo is definitely a star to watch.

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Igbo Footballer Cycles With Ball On Head For 100km, Sets World Record

Igbo footballer Harrison Chinedu has set a Guinness Record by cycling with a ball on his head for 100 kilometers. Harrison Chinedu balanced a football on his head while riding a bicycle for a distance of 103,6 kilometers in Lagos, Nigeria. An ambassador of Igboachievement, Chinedu Harrison had earlier broke the Guinness World Record for walking the longest distance – 48.04 kms in 6 hours, 15 minutes – with a ball on his head on the 6th  of Marchnthis year.

He trekked from the Redeemed Christian Church of God Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on that occassion. His success is most likely the result of Equianoism, a learnable way of extraordinary achievement that is inbuilt in many Igbos.

Deme, nwa afor Igbo.

CNN names Igbo Striker Iheanacho’s ‘Rocket Goal’ Best Goal In The World This Week!

Igbo football player, Kelechi Iheanacho’s wonder strike in Nigeria’s 1-0 win against Tanzania in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier has won the CNN Goal of the Week award.

“Congratulations to the latest CNN Goal of the Week winner, Kelechi Iheanacho!” CNN Football wrote on their official Twitter handle on Thursday.

Iheancho blasted a left-foot volley from outside the 18-yard box which blazed past Tanzania keeper Aishi Manula who had an outstanding game.
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