Champions Enugu Rangers are $50,000 (about 23 million Naira) richer after they permitted Zamalek of Egypt to beam live their CAF Champions League return leg match in Enugu.
Rangers beat Zamalek 2-1 at home but crashed out of the continent’s flagship interclub competition 5-3 on aggregate.
Despite the competition still in it’s preliminary round games then, which does not require compulsory live television telecast, Rangers were understood to have sold the TV right of their return leg second round qualification game to Zamalek to the tune of $50,000.
The deal, Scorenigeria.com.ng scooped, was brokered in Egypt after the first leg match which the Egyptian side won 4-1.
The Coal City Flying Antelopes fell for the cash which was aimed at forestalling any antics the Nigerians could contemplate in order to erase the huge 4-1 first leg deficit.
Zamalek then approached Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, to beam the match which was only shown live on Egyptian channels and the Arab viewing interests.
Unlike Rivers United, who were not allowed by Al-Merriekh of Sudan to even record their return leg match in Omdurman, Rangers decision to allow the Egyptians televise the game gave Zamalek an edge.
“It is in the CAF rules to allow for a television coverage of such matches”, Foster Chime, spokesman of Rangers defended.
“They (Zamalek), requested for the match to be televised and the two parties reached financial common grounds.
“I don’t think we did any wrong”.
Scorenigeria.com.ng would further discover that the money has since been lodged into the Enugu State Government accounts as has been the case with recent proceeds from Rangers home matches in the NPFL.
“Proceeds of recent Rangers matches are paid into the state government account,” Chime explained.
“It is regarded as part of the government’s internally generated revenue, IGR.
“It is the government that funds the team so whenever we need money, they approve for us.”
By Sab Osuji