- Rivers Utd set for Madrid training tour
Nigeria premier league champions Enugu Rangers will begin a trophy tour tomorrow around the city of Enugu, officials have said.
Rangers ended a 32-year wait for a major trophy when they topped the past Nigeria league season.
They will represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Champions League.
The new Nigeria champions are also expected to be feted by the Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with speculations rife they will be rewarded with plots of land and cars.
The players are yet to go on break because of the trophy tour, which is also to cover all the local government areas of the state.
In another development, the 2015/2016 NPFL runners up, Rivers United, are set to travel to Madrid, Spain for the 2017 CAF Champions League preparation.
Governor of Rivers State, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, announced the trip at a reception for the team at the Government House in Port Harcourt at the weekend.
Governor Wike, a Real Madrid fan, explained that the move was geared towards exposing the team to state-of-the-art facilities and international exposure ahead of their maiden expedition in Africa’s premier club competition.
“I want Rivers United to win the 2017 CAF Champions League title and to facilitate this, I want to see that our boys are exposed by going for their training outside the country.
“The team will go to Madrid because Real Madrid has a culture of winning titles on a consistent basis.
“We are proud of you and will do everything to equip you for the CAF Champions League,” Governor Wike said at the reception/dinner in honour of the team.
Rivers United finished in second place in last season’s NPFL with 60 points from 36 matches.