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EXCLUSIVE: Enugu Govt Set To Sack Rangers Management Over Poor Performance, Lack of Trophy


By IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – Angered by the continued abysmal performance of the Rangers international FC of Enugu in the nation’s football cycle, there are strong indications that the state government has concluded plans to send the club’s management parking.

The flying Antelopes, as the team is fondly called has featured in the Nigeria’s domestic league for over thirty years without any trophy.

Rangers, which presently occupies the 12th position in the Nigerian professional football premier league table, came into existence in 1970, and has been managed by Chief Ozo Paul Chibuzor, for over seven years.
The Enugu club side, which use to be among the Nigerian top- flight teams in the 80s, had existed for over three decades without a single laurel, as it won her last trophy in 1984.

However, a dependable source close to the state ministry of youth and sports who spoke to AFRICAN EXAMINER Sports in Enugu under condition of anonymity, said “the state government would no longer tolerate the idea of Rangers existing without any trophy, despite the huge funds government invests in the club every season.  
The Source revealed that apart from the monthly subvention Rangers receives from the state government, each of the 17 local government areas of the state, contributes 1 million naira each, to the club on monthly basis.
He said the state governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, is not happy with the club’s management, hence, he has directed the commissioner in charge of sports ministry, Mr. Ndukwe Charles Chuka, to carry out a total overhauling in the club.

“The overhauling, includes engaging a competent management that will make the state government, supporters, and fans of the club proud”.

“I want to assure all Rangers fans and teeming supporters, that soonest they will see a more vibrant management that will put smile on their faces during matches, be it home or away.”



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