Determined to return to its lost glory, the management of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has begun moves to get one million registered members as its solid fan base.
In an interactive session with journalists at the Rangers Corporate Office in Enugu, yesterday, the club’s Administrative Secretary, Ferdinand Ugwuarua, said the registered members would be known as ‘Rangers Ambassadors.’
Ugwuarua said the would-be ambassadors would help in raising funds for the team to return to its glory, stressing that the interface was to brainstorm and chart the way forward for the club.
He said: “We are here today to inform you, the media owners that are key in any success relating to the sports business, that the management of Rangers has set machinery in motion to drive for a million registered members of the club whose tokens will go a long way in making the club attain its desired heights as the preferred brand locally and internationally.
“We understand that if one wishes to run a football club business successfully, the media must be involved. This drive we are embarking on would be media driven as partners in progress.
“Our target is a minimum of one million ambassadors, who are expected to pay a token as a membership fee. At the same time, they enjoy some benefits that include, but are not limited to identification cards, tickets to our home games, memorabilia, and many more depending on which category a member picks.
“We have also begun talks with media consultants to help us push this drive through various social media platforms.”
Ugwuarua said effort was in top gear to return Rangers home matches to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.
He said that the state government has intensified arrangements to complete work at the stadium before commencement of the league in September, identifying the signing of a new technical Adviser, Fidelis Ilechukwu, as part of the recovery process in the club.