Mbwas Mangut and Salisu Yusuf

By Ekpor Temple

The newly appointed Technical Adviser, Salisu Yusuf’s first assignment will be to prepare the team for their first group match this weekend and he expressed to Nigeriafootballer.com that he is here on the orders of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to rescue Enugu Rangers and that his target for the period he will be to stabilize the club.

“I was sent by the Nigeria Football Federation to support the club on technical grounds. Our intention will be to take the team to the next level of success. Though, it won’t be easy, but it is a gradual process.

“We have a game at hand on Sunday and we shall introduce some new tactics and we are hopeful of a good result come this weekend.”

The previously suspended Super Eagles head coach also asserted that their target is to utilize the available player in the club to achieve the desired result.

“I am very positive that we can work on the team. We are going to use the best legs we have in the club for now. We don’t intend to make too many changes.

“Within the period of our stay, we shall make use of the best legs we have in the club. We are going to bring in new ideas to improve the team play, defence and transition.

Salisu Yusuf and Mbwas Mangut who before now has been occupying the top job at Delta Force FC, were both in Enugu for the unveiling ceremony.

The Flying Antelopes are billed to tackle Egyptian side, Pyramid City FC this weekend in their first group stage match of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Why Ugwu had to leave

Meanwhile, Enugu State Sports Commissioner, Vitus Okechi has explained why they had to let go of Ugwu and his back room staff.

Benedict Ugwu and his crew were placed on indefinite suspension after the embarrassing 2-0 defeat at home against Akwa Starlets on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Rangers have had a very poor run of form winning just one game this season and losing three straight matches in which two of those where at home against MFM and new comers Akwa – Starlets.

The sports Commissioner, Vitus gave reasons for the sack of Ugwu and the recent development in the coaching situation of the club.

“The decision we took was based on technical issues. It’s not as if we don’t have good players, but at this point we need fresh hands that can handle the players and f which we know the ability of the man on ground to move this team forward,”. He said.

“After the game on Sunday, the NFF,  having the interest of Enugu Rangers at heart predominantly as they fly the flag of Nigeria at the continent, placed calls across to us that they wish to send a capable hand from the Super Eagles to come salvage the coaching crises in the club,” Vitus said.

The Sports Commissioner also debunked assertions of clash of interest in the team

“There won’t be any clash of interest in the club because the coaches don’t know anyone. Their duty will be to train, watch the performances of the players and give us result which I am confident they will.”


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