The sack of former Rang-ers International Technical Adviser, Christian Chukwu (MFR), is still generating tension in Enugu, the Coal City State capital. Chukwuâ€™s old colleagues, known as Ex-Rangers International Footballers Association, rose from their explosive meeting, Tuesday, August 11, 2009, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Enugu, with a strong-worded letter addressed to the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, expressing their displeasure on what they called, â€œmal-administration and removal of the Technical Adviser, Mr. Christian Chuk
wu (MFR)â€, adding that, â€œRangers International FC is now being managed by non-starters and mediocres – in track suitsâ€.
In their 15 points of grouse against the present Rangers management, the Association, â€œappealed to the Governor to bring to book those responsible for this malmadministration and looting of Rangers purse to enrich themselvesâ€, adding that, â€œthe purported removal of the Technical Adviser, Mr. Christian Chukwu (MFR), was received with shock by the ex- Rangers International Footballers Associationâ€.
The letter which was jointly signed by the chairman of the association, Mr. Luke Okpala, and the Secretary, Mr. Boniface Uzor, contained 15 points of bitterness directed against the Secretary, Mr. Ozor Paul Chibuzor, whom they said, was â€œEx-Vasco Dagama player and who they alleged wanted to substitute ex-Rangers players with ex-Vasco Dagama players, in Rangers Technical Crewâ€.
The Association called on the Governor of Enugu State, â€œto save Rangers from relegation by removing all management staff who have stayed up to five (5) years to give way for fresh air to come into Rangersâ€.
They also alleged that, â€œin 2008/2009 season, the secretary and his agents recruited ten (10) players during the window period and placed them on salaries over and above the regular players without the knowledge of the Technical Adviser or Boardâ€, which they said, â€œinvariably affected the morale of the teamâ€, observing that, â€œthese 10 players never played a single match because they were rookiesâ€.
They appealed to the Governor, â€œto ensure that only people who are knowledgeable in sports administration or have participated actively in sports are appointed as special advisers on sports. But speaking in our hotline to Tony Ubani , the Image maker of Rangers, Foxter Chime, dismissed the ex-Rangers association as a group of tired and frustrated men. â€œGovernment does not recognise ex-Rangers association. TheyÂ played for Rangers and were paid.
It is only in Rangers that you hear about ex-Rangers association. They are the ones impeding on the success of the Clubâ€, Chime said as he warned that Chukwu should be careful before â€œI open up on himâ€.