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NPL election expose cracks in Rangers

The furore over the   endorsement and nomination of candidates for the NPL elections slated for March 10, 2010 has again brought to the fore the division in one of the top Premier league clubs in the country.

Enugu Rangers for years represented Nigeria at the continental level and have trophies to show for their effort. Definitely one of Nigeria’s most respected clubs with amazing fellowership. But internal politics has almost brought the club to its knees and board members are always on each others throat.

The recent political logjam in the coal city side is the nomination or endorsement of candidates for the NPL election by the board of the coal city side. Rangers board has nominated Davison Owumi, Brig. General Emmanuel Okaro for the NPL election but few weeks later, Rangers chairman, whose position in the team according to the statutes of the club is ceremonial, came out to say he never endorsed Owumi but Dominic Nwobodo. He equally forwarded a petition to the Electoral committee and demanded for correction of what he described as anomalies.

Rangers Secretary General/CEO Ozor Chibuzor condemned the behaviour of the chairman and stated clearly that the chairman had no such powers as to endorse or nominate any body for the NPL election, stressing that the act establishing the club clearly gives the power to carry out the day to day running of the club to the CEO and also confers on him the power to make correspondence with corporate bodies and other organisations.

This division in the team, also brings to the fore, the politics that played itself out during the sack of former Super Eagles coach Christian Chukwu while as serving Technical adviser of Rangers FC. Chukwu eventually got the boot and Alphonsus Dike who was brought in to replace sacked coach Sylvanus Okpala stepped into Chukwu’s shoes and today, the coach is currently in trouble with the team.

Recent developments in the team, clearly shows a team that is not united. Why would a ceremonial chairman attempt to hijack the powers of the CEO. Why would Onyishi nominate Nwobodo who clearly has nothing to contribute to the development of the game, at the expense of Owumi who did not only play the game but has tremendous experience on football administration. These are questions begging for answers.


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