By Taye Hassan Adigun
2016 Nigeria Professional Football League champions Rangers International FC have showned manager Benedict Ugwu and his coaching staffs the door in the current NPFL season
Flying antelopes have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 15th in the NPFL standings after five games.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change. It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” said a close management source disclosed to Felele247.com.ng.
“Regrettably domestic results at the ongoing current season have been extremely disappointing.
“It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the short memorable moments we have had with coach Benedict Ugwu entire coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.”
A club statement on Sunday announced that Ugwu and his entire backroom staff have been suspended “indefinitely” by the club’s management with a new coaching crew “to be named in the next 48 hours”.
Sources within the Flying Antelopes have indicated that Okpala who represented the club in the 80s would take over the reins in Enugu.
The ex-international who was part of Nigeria’s 1980 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad would be returning to a familiar environment having previously stepped in when Imama Amapakabo’s successor Chukwuma Agbo was sacked following a series of disastrous results that left then champions Rangers 17th on the log in 2017.