*Technical crew also hammered
Seven-time Nigerian champions and CAF Confederations Cup hopefuls, Rangers Int’l FC of Enugu, have parted ways with Coach Benedict Ugwu after less than eight months in charge, AOIFootball.com can confirm.
Surugede, as Ugwu is fondly called, got his appointment terminated alongside his entire technical crew in an unceremonious manner. The announcement was made inside the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium (The Cathedral) Enugu, just before the end of their ill-fated Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL match, in which they lost to newcomers, Akwa Starlets FC of Uyo by two unreplied goals.
It would be recalled that Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries MFM FC had earlier beaten the Coal City side in Enugu a fortnight ago before dropping maximum points on the road to Rivers United FC, making it back to back home losses and three consecutive defeats for the country’s co-representatives in this year’s CAF Confederations Cup.
Sources close to the top hierarchy at the club revealed that former international, Sylvanus Okpala is the most favourite currently being considered to fill the vacuum, while former coach, Imama Amapakabo and Mbwas Mangut are also touted for the plum job.
“We’re considering Coach Sylvanus Okpala to take up the job for now, as we find ourselves in a precarious situation.
“There are also considerations regarding Imama Amakpakabor and Mbwas Mangut of Delta Force FC, but none of them have been contacted yet, said a source.
Rangers will be resuming their CAF Confederations Cup group stage campaign against Pyramid City FC of Egypt this weekend at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.