By Sab Osuji:
Enugu Rangers say they will approach Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to seek for release of their players in the various national teams to prosecute this weekend's match day-6 of the NPFL, officials have informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We've seven players in both the Super Eagles and U-23 national teams and they are all first team players," an official of the Coal City Flying Antelopes, Foster Chime told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We've a crucial league match on Sunday against Abia Warriors and it will not be possible for us to honour the game with a depleted side.
"So we want to write to NFF to release the players to us so that immediately after the game, they will board the next available flight from the closest airport back to camp."
He told Completesportsnigeria.com that their demand is not out of tune with the relevant rules of the league.
"You're aware that part of the guidelines stipulates that teams with about five or more players in the national teams can ask for a release of such players for games.
"There is also the provision that if such players cannot be released for their clubs, the clubs can approach the league body for a postponement of their games," Chime further told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"We've just held a meeting in the office. We'll approach LMC for a shift in date for the match if the players will not be released."
Rangers have three players in the Super Eagles camp preparing for the AFCON qualifier against Egypt, namely; Orji Kalu, Emmanuel Daniel and Etim Matthew. The Coal City Flying Antelopes have two players in the U-23 Dream Team V1 camp preparing for the friendly match against Brazil; Obinna Nwobodo and Godwin Aguda.