Rangers, Shooting Stars Set to Clash as ASFU Announces Plans to Honour Odegbami, Owolabi, Chukwu, Others

The African Students Football Union (ASFU) in collaboration with the Management of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Rangers International, has announced its plans to honour the legends who won the victory to bring back memories of the 1976 and 1977 African Cup of Winners Cup victories by the former IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan and Rangers International of Enugu.

The organisers stated this at a media briefing attended by the Executive Chairman, 3SC, Honourable Babatunde Olaniyan Akoro, the Executive Secretary, ASFU, Mr Femi Abioye, the Director of Administration and Supply of 3SC, Alhaji Rahman Olapade, the Chairman, Oyo SWAN, Comrade Niyi Alebiosu and the Vice–President of SWAN, Comrade Femi Amusan.

They also revealed that the living members of the victorious teams will be called back to action as part of the events lined up to honour the legends.

The event is tagged “Recognition of Essence Project for African Football Teams And Legends – A Day to celebrate the African Legends”.

At a press briefing held on Monday at the Jericho Office of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), the President of ASFU, Professor Seun Omotayo explained that the purpose of the programme was to recognise and honour the legends of the 1975 Africa Cup Winners Cup squad of IICC Shooting Stars, and those of the 1977 winning squad of Rangers International.

He stated: “For the project, the partners have put together a commemorative pre-season friendly football match to be played by the two foremost Nigeria football clubs, the IICC Shooting Stars (now 3SC) and the Rangers International of Enugu.

“The project is in fulfilment of ASFU’s Town and Gown philosophy as the union seeks to secure a career for Tertiary Institution Football Players. The launch of the Recognition of Essence Project targeted at the Africa Champion Football teams and its legends of the beautiful game is to serve as motivation for upcoming truly young football players,” said the ASFU president.

He revealed the partners of the project have put together a commemorative pre-season friendly football match to be played by the two foremost Nigeria football clubs, the IICC Shooting Stars (now 3SC) and the Rangers International of Enugu, with both matches to be staged on Saturday, November 26 in Ibadan and Wednesday, December 14, 2022 in Awka.

Aside from the two-legged-friendly match between the Oluyole Warriors and the Flying Antelopes, there will also be novelty games tagged Battle of the legends in which the November 26 tie slated for the Lekan Salami Stadium, will see the Shooting Stars class of 76 take on the All-Star team to be captained by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, while the Rangers class of 77 will file out against the All-Star team to be led by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (CON).

According to the organisers, activities lined up for the event include; the launch of commemorative replica jerseys used by the 76 and 77 teams, match day experience with musical entertainments, commemorative V.I.P dinner and recognition of the teammates of Chief Segun Odegbami and Chairman Christian Chukwu, V.V.P, recognition for the governors of Oyo, Enugu, Osun, Ondo, Ogun and Rivers States, while His Excellency, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, the Executive Governor of Rivers State is expected to take the ceremonial kick-off.

Some of the important personalities expected to grace the events include the CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, NFF President, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, Honourable Kunle Soname, Professor Vincent Onyewra, ex-international, Peter Rufai and Julius Aghahowa among others.


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