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I am ready to make a return, Egwim declares

By Osondu Ngwude

After missing out in all of last season's games in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Rangers International striker Ifeanyi Egwim has declared himself fit for the coming season.

The player who last played for his team on the last day of the 2015/16 season has revealed that he has recovered fully and now feels he is in good shape to make a return.



Egwim said it has not been easy going through the pains that came with the injury.

"Would I say it has been easy or has not been easy? But in all I give God the glory and today I can say I am fit and raring to bring my career back on track," he told npfl.ng.

According to the former Dolphins (now Rivers United) player his recovery can be attributed to the support he got from the Enugu State government, his family, friends, teammates and well wishers.

The striker is also confident that the Flying Antelopes will put up a better performance in the coming season after an underwhelming out last term in their title defence.

"I got a 150% support from government, management and players for my recovery and the encouragement from my teammates cannot be quantified they have really helped me," he said.

"It is a fact that we did not do well last season as we struggled all through but the team is getting into shape for the coming season and soon we will be ready to rewrite our wrongs from last season."

While reacting to the changes the team have underwent currently as it concerns the management, coaches and playing personnel, Egwim insisted that the changes will not have any major effects on the team.

"As professional players we do not have any problem as all we want are the right persons to administer the team. The change in the management I am very sure will not have any negative impact and we are also ready to work with any one who is signed as a coach," said Egwim.

Egwim however expressed fear that the on going screening exercise the Coal City team have embarked upon may be counter-productive in terms of blending of players as they are still not sure how many of them from last season are staying back for the coming season.

"With the recruitment/screening exercise going on it might be a little challenging for blending, formation and organisation of the team before the league kicks off because we are still waiting for the list of players that have been retained by the team," he said.

Egwim reflected on the gains of the club that led to Rangers winning the league after a 32-year wait and wants same attitude and support for the coming campaign to help galvanise the team.

"If I should go back memory lane the season we won the league title we had massive support from all major stakeholders and we as players gave our best but the last season those things were lacking. We want them back, our fans should be with us this coming season because we need their support badly if we must do well this coming season," he said.

Egwim suffered a horrific injury on the final day of the 2015/16 NPFL season when his club emerged champions. The forward is yet to make a competitive appearance since October 2, 2016.

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