By Richard Animam
* Board acted without consulting Governor, Sports Commisioner
The last may not have been heard about the sack of former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu, who was during the week fired by the board ofÂ Rangers International of Enugu.
Enugu State Commissioner for Information Honourable Chuks Ugwoke said the board acted without consulting Enugu State Governor Sullivan Chime and the Commissioner for Sports in Enugu, stressing that a decision of such magnitude should have been discussed with his excellency before carrying out the sack. Other persons spoken to say the sack of coach Chukwu who is held in essteem in Enugu and Nigeria generally, has thrown Enugu into confusion andÂ Flying Antelopes fans are now waiting for more information fromÂ government house.
Rangers Media officer Chime Foster told Inside The Glo Premier League that Paul UzorÂ CEO/Secretary of the board was mandated by the board to write Chukwu after they had met and resolved that Chukwuâ€™s contract will be not renewed. In his place Assistant coach Alphonsus Dike, who replaced Sylvanus Okpala was mandated to act as the Chief Coach of the team and already players have resumed camping.
â€œPaul Uzor did not act in isolation, he acted on the orders of the boardâ€, Foster said.
According to Foster, the decision by the board not to renew Chukwuâ€™s contract may not be unconnected with the teamâ€™s inability to win any silverwareÂ last season. Rangers finished sixth in the league and that did not go down well with the board, which had earlier fired former assistant coach Sylvanus Okpala. Then, Chukwu had condemned the decision of the board for not informing him before the sack of Okpala, stressing that they should have given him a say on the issue. According to Chukwu, he has a perfect working relationship Okpala. Like Okpala, Chukwu was also fired similar fashion by the board.
According to Foster, the board believes in Dike to deliver. It would be also recalled that Dike was fired for under performance with the national U-17 team.
In his reaction to his sack, Chukwu said the CEO/Secretary of the board Paul Uzor does not have the powers to sack him and if going by feelers from the government house in Enugu, the formerÂ Harambee Stars of Kenya coach, may retain his job as Chief Coach of the Coal city side.