By Tony Edike
ENUGU â€” The sack ofÂ Â Christian Chukwu, Chief Technical Adviser of Rangers International of Enugu, has seriously been frowned at by players of the club.
Chukwu, former Super Eagles coach was said to have been relieved of his job on Wednesday by board of directors of Rangers football club after a crucial meeting he
ld in the coal city.
The clubâ€™s captain, Augustine Iyangbe, speaking on behalf of his colleagues yesterday, said the players were highly dissatisfied by the decision of the board on Chukwu, whom he described as a pillar of the club.
Iyangbe said the players did not see any reason why Chukwu should either be suspended or sacked from the team, stressing that his removal would tremendously affect the entire team spirit.
He called on the management of the club to review their decision in order to achieve maximum result in the next season which begins soon.
â€œChukwu has been a great energizer to our team and had trained us well so this sudden sack without reasons beat our imagination. This was how they asked Sylvanous Okpala to leave unannounced.”
â€œIf you bring in a new coach for the team, it will take us some time to study him and for him to also study us. I tell you we are not happy. We want our chairman back now,â€ said the aggrieved captain. He, however, expressed displeasure on the inability of the management of the team to offset their sign-on fees since January, saying the development has not motivated them to work hard.
â€œThe management owes us up to 85 per cent of our sign-on fee, yet we could take the sixth position in the just concluded league. They want us to resume training next week and we are waiting to hear from them,â€ he said.
In a swift reaction, the public relations officer of the club, Foster Chime, said that Chukwu was not sacked but was only asked to step aside for some reasons.
The clubâ€™s spokesman said that GovernorÂ Sullivan Chime had approved 100 per cent payment of the teamâ€™s arrears of sign-on fees.
He also said that the club had invited new players especially in the forward line to improve their scoring chances next season.
â€œWe did not sack Chukwu. He was only suspended after the board meeting. He was told to step aside and allow his assistant to take over. So his contract may not be renewed against the next season,â€ he said.