After the removal of Benedict “Surugede” Ugwu by the Rangers management on Sunday, the club is set to announce a new gaffer on Tuesday afternoon.
Delta Force head coach, Mbwas Mangut will be announced has chief coach of Enugu Rangers on Tuesday afternoon, except something unexpected happens.
Since the dismissal of Benedict Ugwu, former Rangers and Sharks FC defender, John Edeh has handled training sessions in interim capacity.
“Edeh as a footballer fought many battles and he has been charged to handle the team in interim capacity until a substantive coach is announced,” a person who should know told NigerianFootballer.com.
“Edeh has already handled Monday evening training session and will do same on Tuesday morning before Mbwas Mangut is announced on Tuesday afternoon,” the person said.
A report went viral on Sunday night that former Rangers and Super Eagles player, Sylvanus Okpalla has been contracted to handle the team, but the coach told a radio sports show in Enugu that there was no truth to the report.
“The team actually wanted Okpalla, but we were shocked to hear him on radio say he is not aware of it and has not been contacted by anyone,” our source said.
“Maybe at the time of the interview he had not been contacted, but he was number one pick for the job.”
Rangers want Okpalla because he is a former Rangers player and coach, is on ground in Enugu and has been involved in a rescue mission for the club recently where he was able to steady the club, but there may be a reason why he will not be interested in joining Rangers at this time.
“He currently runs a football club, Quicksilver FC and may not want to be involved in coaching another, but that is why we are going for Mbwas,” the source told NigerianFootballer.com.
“We hear he (Mbwas) has some unresolved issues with his current club, Delta Force and a good deal could swing him to Enugu where we expect him to resume as chief coach on Wednesday as we await Okpalla to come in as Technical Adviser.”
The reign of Benedict Ugwu lasted five match days in the league after he lost three of those games, two of them at home.
Just before the end of their home game on Sunday, a loss to Akwa Starlets, the club’s twitter wrote that he and the rest of the crew had been suspended indefinitely.