Friday 26th May, 2017
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Gradually, but with a sense of near inevitability, Enugu Rangers are inexorably drawing closer and closer to the once unthinkable: relegation.

Led by the likes of Christian Chukwu and Emmanuel Okpala, the Flying Antelopes, carrying the hopes of the people of southeast Nigeria fresh off the civil war, pulverised almost anything in their path from the 1970s to '80s (okay, all but Shooting Stars, who ran them all the way) as they cantered to six league titles.

The last of those championships was won in 1984, following back-to-back victories in 1981 and 1982. And it took Rangers 32 years to return to the top of the Nigerian football pile.

Back then, it would have been unfathomable to think that Rangers would go decades without a title win. The sheer size of the club means that talent flock to Enugu simply for the prestige of pulling on the immaculate white strip and belting out the "Holy, Holy, Holy" chant in front of a sweltering mass of devotees.

But that was the fate of the club, and Rangers needed a young coach with brave new ideas and a positive style that resonated with the fan base to dig themselves out of a hole 32 years in the digging.

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