This open-top parade of Nigeria’s football champions was a trailer of sadness

Posted on October 17 2016 , at 08:48 pm
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  • Hopefully, it won't take another 32 years before they get the chance to go around parading a title.

Rangers team line up against during the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League match between Rangers v 3SC at Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium on May 8th, 2016 in Enugu. Photo: Kabiru Abubakar/Backpagepix
Rangers team line up during the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League match. Photo: Backpagepix

For an occasion to celebrate winning a league title that came after a 32-year wait, the open-top parade of Rangers around Enugu was a bit too open for comfort and could have been done a whole lot better.

Fine, the country is in an economic recession, but it would not cost a club like Rangers an arm and leg to rent a good bus for an open-top bus parade.

We see these parades happen every year around the world but the one by the Flying Antelopes was a major let down.

 

Remember when English club Arsenal won their first trophy in 12 years (the 2014 FA Cup)?

Arsenal's bus from the 2014 FA Cup trophy parade is a modest vehicle
Arsenal’s bus from the 2014 FA Cup trophy parade is a modest vehicle

This is how Arsenal rocked that occasion. They went on to retain the title the following year.

 

Then there was Leicester City that won a first ever Premier League title

Spot the Leicester manager and some of their star players
Spot the Leicester manager and some of their star players

Let’s put aside that hundreds of thousands came out to cheer their heroes during the open-top parade. We are only here for the vehicle used.

Leicester City's parade was a spectacle, but their open-top bus was a modest vehicle
Leicester City’s parade was a spectacle, but their open-top bus was a modest vehicle

True, England’s economy is far from the word recession and, like Wizkid could say, the Premier League’s money and any other league’s money no be mate, so it could be seen as unfair comparing Enugu Rangers’ trophy parade with that of Leicester City.

 

That said, this is Hibernian celebrating their Scottish Cup win in May

Hibernian had an elaborate parade after winning the Scottish Cup last season
Hibernian had an elaborate parade after winning the Scottish Cup last season
Elaborate parade aside, their vehicle was a modest one too
Elaborate parade aside, their vehicle was a modest one too

 

Look at Bristol City after becoming champions of League One and also winners of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy

Modest English club, Bristol City also used a modest vehicle
Modest English club, Bristol City also used a modest vehicle

It is 60 years since the Robins last won a league championship.

 

Let’s come down to one that should be our level

Kaizer Chiefs, from the time they won the 2012-13 South African league title
Kaizer Chiefs, from the time they won the 2012-13 South African league title

This is from Kaizer Chiefs after winning the South Africa Premier Soccer League title in 2013.

Notice how they use a bus that’s well branded and all.

 

Now, see how Rangers went around town (get a hanky for the tears you’re about to shed)

Enugu Rangers got a trailer for their 'open-top' parade
The Nigerian champions during their ‘open-top’ parade
Rangers of Enugu
Rangers took open top too literally

What is ‘why na?’ in Igbo please?

 

Now, nobody is saying it should be elaborate like Portugal’s

Portugal's bus was a rather sleek one, which is appropriate since it was their first European title
Portugal got rather sleek buses, which is appropriate since it was their first European title

Portugal won the 2016 European Championship against all odds and at the expense of host nation, France.

 

But not like this

The trailer Rangers went around town with in its glory
The trailer Rangers went around town in all its glory

 

Because it’s not this level we are aspiring for

The Ugandan league champions went around in this
The Ugandan league champions went around in this

 

Rather, this is the level we are praying for our Nigerian champs to always celebrate their win

Portugal's national team on arrival from Euro 2016
Portugal’s national team on arrival from Euro 2016

The club did tender an apology for the manner of the parade. Hopefully, it won’t take another 32 years before they get the chance to go around parading a title and wipe the memories of this one.

 

 

 

 

 

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