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Coach’s incompetence responsible for Rangers failure, says commissioner

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu   |   20 April 2017   |   4:21 am

A player of Enugu Rangers (right) challenging three opponents for the ball in the local league. The team lost to Zesco of Zambia 5-2 goals aggregate in the CAF Confederation Cup last weekend

The Enugu State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Charles Ndukwe, has disagreed with acting chief Coach Rangers International Football Club , Chukwuma Agbo, over last Saturday’s humiliation of the club by Zesco United of Zambia in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup.

Rangers, who are current Nigeria league champions had lost 0-3 in the second leg encounter played in Ndola, after ending the first leg 2-2 in Enugu. Agbo had attributed the loss to hunger, saying the inability of the players to be provided with food caused their ouster.

But reacting to the statement, Ndukwe said that the incompetence of the coach caused the team’s defeat, stressing that the team was provided with all necessary logistics.


He said the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, did the needful for the players before they left for Zambia, explaining that they were all paid their allowances before their departure.

The Commissioner wondered why Agbo should attribute the team’s failure to hunger, insisting that the coach did not live up to expectation, and was unfair to the state government with his utterances.

Coach Agbo was quoted by Zambian media to have blamed hunger for the exit of Rangerse from the continental completion. Meanwhile, the club’s 28-man contingent have since arrived the Akanu Ibiam international Airport, Enugu after crashing out of the CAF confederation cup in Zambia.

Speaking with journalists, Team manager, Amobi Ezeaku, said: “We thank God for a safe trip back to Nigeria”, adding however that the team played fantastic football in Zambia, but could not advance in the continental competition due to ill luck.




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