Usually referred to as Flying Antelopes, Enugu Rangers have been more of Flying Ants this season as they suddenly moved from being title contenders to relegation battlers.

While some may say it is spiritual or something funny; a club legend that played for the Coal City club Emeka Akabueze, says the current players’ not being as committed as the older generations is chiefly responsible for Rangers’ dwindling fortunes. 

Akabueze told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday day in Lagos that the players of old were always playing for the fans and not for money.

“During our own time, we always have the interest of the fans at heart. We always consider the market men who had to leave their stalls to watch us.

“We were always conscious of the fact that if we lose a game what will be their reaction. They left their businesses to support us.

“Whenever we lose a match, we dare not exchange pleasantries because everybody will be sad and that was the spirit then, we are concerned.

“We think much about our fans because we don’t want to lose them as well we want to always increase our fan base; unlike now when money has taken over,’’ he said

After struggling for the major part of the season, openly flirting with relegation, Rangers are currently 13th on the NPFL log with 32 points after 25 games.