Rangers suspend captain for travelling to South Africa for trials

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

James Okwuosa (left)

Rangers’ media officer Foster Chime, has confirmed that the captain of the team, James Okwuosa, will go on suspension, after travelling out of the country for trials,

“He told us he wanted to travel for trials and we said he should wait till after the Federation Cup and the Premier League. It is not our fault that the two competitions are still running at this time of the year,” Chime told Goal.com

“He has a contract and he should respect the contract. I cannot understand why players would just leave camp in the middle of the season.

“It is something we must curb in our league because it makes nonsense of everything any club would want to achieve in a particular season.

“James Okwuosa is suspended and we now know that Rangers will finish the season with a player short. He is supposed to show good example.

“We have written to the Nigeria Football Federation and the Nigeria Premier League about the suspension because we must carry them along in everything we are doing on this matter,” Chime said.

Okwuosa, on his part, denied any wrongdoing. The former Lobi Stars player, said he asked for three days permission to join up with Ajax Cape Town of South Africa for trials.

“I asked for permission and told the management that I will come back by Sunday. I don’t think I have done anything wrong and surely I will be back by Sunday to rejoin the team for the remaining matches in the Nigeria Premier League,” Okwuosa told Goal.com.

Rangers presently leads the NPL table with 58 points from 34 matches.

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