By Tony Edike
THE Management Board of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu wants former Technical Adviser of the Super Eagles, Clemens Westerhof, to handle the coal city club in the next season ahead of the September 5 interview slated for those wishing to take up the job and other vacant positions in the club.
Westerhof, who is currently the Director of Kwara Football Academy, the board said yesterday, is top on the list of those being considered to handle Rangers in the coming season and has detailed some people to urgently fetch him for a discussion with the management.
A member of the Board and Chairman of Enugu State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mr. Ossy Rockefeller Ogboso, confirmed the Boardâ€™s decision to go for Westerhof but said that they have not been able to reach him.
He said that efforts to get the ex-Super Eagles handler on phone in the last few days proved abortive as they were told that he travelled out of the country.
, adding that they were already exploring all necessary means to ensure that we contact him soon.
â€œWe are looking for Westerhof to handle Rangers in the next season.Â Â We have been calling him but his line is not through.Â We were told that he travelled to South Africa.Â Before he travelled he was an instructor in the Kwara Football Academy in Ilorin.Â We feel that if we must change the technical team we must get people who have by their records surpassed the performance of the existing ones.
â€œGiven the huge financial investment by Governor Sullivan Chime in Rangers, we feel we should get a world_class coach with credible track_records to handle Rangers.
â€œHaving declared all the technical positions vacant, we donâ€™t want the experience of a man who sold a dog and bought a monkey in Rangers.Â So, we want a credible handler with the technical knowhow in the game.Â Â We are still trying him (Westerhof) and as soon as the line goes through we will engage him in a discussion.Â We are optimistic that before the interview slated forÂ 5th September we will get in touch with him.â€
Asked why the Board decided to settle for Westerhof, Ogboso said since he has been in Nigeria for sometime now and has great interest in the development of football in the country, he would be an asset to Rangers.
â€œWe believe he will accept the offer to handle the club.Â He knows our boys and he has interest in developing football in Nigeria.Â Â Â Again, we want the governor to be happy by getting a good coach that will deliver so that we justify the huge investment the government has made in Rangers,â€ said the Boardâ€™s spokesman.
On the insistence by the former Technical Adviser of the club, Christian Chukwu that he has not been removed,Â Ogboso said having advertised his position and other vacancies, his position remains vacant but quickly added that he (Chukwu) was free to reapply if he wishes to do so.