EXCLUSIVE: Rangers International Will Learn From FA Cup Defeat, Will Be Tittle Contenders Next Season, Chinemerem Ugwueze

Rangers International Midfielder, Chinemerem Ugwueze say, he is disappointed the flying Antelopes missed the opportunity to play in the continent next season.

Bendel Insurance had completed the slot for the CAF Confederations Cup spot, joining Rivers United for next seasons competition after they deafeted the Enugu based side 1-0 in the Federation’s cup finals played on Wednesday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, in Asaba, Delta state.

Chinemerem who had been impressive in the run to Rangers playing in the FA Cup final, was shown a red card just before the end of the first half for a handball in the box causing a penalty that Insurance striker, Imade Osarenkhoe saluted in for the win.

“It was a huge loss to me, knowing the benefits that is attached to winning the trophy, i mean getting the continental tickets and as well the recognition that comes along side the trophy, both from the Enugu State Governor and the NFF. It would have been a great opportunity for the team and also the players to perform on an international level”.

“About being red carded, i never expected it from the referee since he already awarded the penalty. The referee made the game a lot easier for the Insurance team, I felt really bad, It was my first official red card”, he added.

The former Giant Brillars Fc of Enugu and NK Dom┼żale (Slovenia) player said, “We may have lost the Continental Ticket this season, but we’ve also learnt from our mistakes. We will prepare ourselves well for next season, i know Rangers will be part of the league contenders come next season”.

In regards to Coach Abdul’s departure from Rangers, he continued, i think it is not going to be a problem for the team, though his absence will be felt for a while. I personally will miss him, because him and his crew gave me this platform; whatever recognition that i have today, he orchestrated it and am forever grateful

“I believe whoever that will be appointed as the new manager of the club won’t be building the team from the scratch, Rangers is a big club that has a high standard”.

With Abdu Maikaba leaving the club after the expiration of his contract and a new manager expected to be announced in the coming week, Players and Staff of Rangers International have embarked on a three weeks break.

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