Nigeria’s biggest club, Enugu Rangers, left a sour note on what could have been a glorious day for their fans in Enugu on Saturday.
The club, who had just won the Nigerian football league for the first time in 32 years, used a rickety old lorry that had seen better days in their victory tour of the city to show fans the trophy. One fan on Twitter called it a “caterpillar” adding “dem for wash the caterpillar at least”.
It is astonishing that the management of the club could not find a more befitting mode of transport on what should have been a day of glory, and using such a dilapidated truck was disrespectful to the club and its traditions of excellence and also disrespectful to the fans.
A football club that brought so much joy to long-suffering fans in the sea of despair that Nigeria can sometimes be, surely deserves better in a country where the politicians that misrule the country travel in the latest bulletproof luxury cars.
Surely the sort of open-top double-decker bus that Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Godwin Obaseki were seen in recently would have been fit for purpose for the Rangers victory parade.
The club apologised this morning via their Twitter feed. But this blunder is further evidence of the amateurish management that has plagued the club for decades.