Benin Republic defender Isaac Loute has expressed happiness over his return to football action with his new NPFL club side Rangers International.
Loute was among nine FC Ifeanyi Ubah players who were suspended for 12 NPFL matches last season after they were found guilty for assaulting a referee following red cards to King Osanga and Godwin Obaje against Niger Tornadoes in Lokoja.
“I want to use this opportunity to clear my name, I wasn’t part of the gang that harassed the referees. I am a professional and I have played for years in the league without any records of such conduct. I am excited my name has been cleared from the allegation.
“I learnt some lessons from the incident and I am happy the league organizer has cleared my name. I am looking forward to the future after surviving the challenges from last season,” Loute said to Naijafootballplus.com.
Loute who won the league with Kano Pillars in 2014 has moved to Rangers from FC Ifeanyi Ubah. He made his Rangers debut against his former club Kano Pillars on matchday 9 and he has started two league matches this season.
A happy Loute added: “My heart is filled with joy and happiness, it wasn’t easy not playing football for months. I am happy to join Rangers, the club is dear to my heart and it’s a big privilege to be part of the team.
“My focus is now on Rangers, how the team can achieve success this season and the process to finish the season strongly has started. I am happy I will also contribute my quality to the team, looking forward to a great season in Enugu.”
Loute has played 23 matches for Benin Republic at different national team level and the last time he was invited for the Squirrels was in 2014.
“I have been out of the national team set up since 2014 but I want to make a big statement with Rangers this season. I want to return home for national team games and my performance with Rangers would be important.”