By Tony Ubani
â€¢Onyishi insists no winner, no vanquished
CHAIRMAN of Rangers International, Chief Sam Onyishi, has restored order following the purported sacking of Rangers Coach, Chairman Christian Chukwu, last week.
Onyishi was away from Nigeria when the board hastily announced the sack of the most accomplished footballer of his time whichÂ provoked protests from Rangers players. But Onyishi told Sports Vanguard that it was a family problem that would be resolved with no winner and no vanquished.
â€œI was away when the whole problem started. But I want to assure that Chukwu is still in the employ of Rangers. It is a family problem and like one family we will resolve it amicably with no winner and no loserâ€, the Chairman said on our hotline at the weekend. The Chairman confessed that he was amazed to hear that the man who captained and brought honour to Rangers was sacked without any reason. â€œI am a member of the board and cannot fault their decision but we need to look at this decision deeply.
This is not the time for media war or un-necessary distraction. Chukwu is a gentleman and very committed to the affairs of Rangers. I have seen him do things nobody can do to see that Rangers move ahead. He is hardworking and commands the respect of the players. Given the circumstances, Rangers did so well in the past seasons. We finished 5th last season and the season before. But Governor Sullivan Chime has done his best to Rangers and we need to compensate him and Enugu people.
This is not the time for distractions. I was in the board of Rangers before Chime came in and we suffered, with board members paying transport to and from meetings and accommodation. The Governor has changed that and things are moving in the right direction. Chukwu is humble and has carried Rangers like his baby. It is not because of his fame but he is good. He has paid his dues, and has sacrificed enough for the club. We should aim to finish among the first three in the new season not to be involved in a petty battle. We are a family and will resolve our problem the family wayâ€, Onyishi emphasised.