The Board of Enugu Rangers FC has been dissolved by the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
This follows the abysmal performance of the Club in the just concluded 2016/2017 Season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which saw Rangers in the 13th position with 53 points on the log just three points from relegation.
The Flying Antelopes won the 2016 Edition but performed badly in the CAF champions league where they got eliminated in the second round. The Enugu State Government had earlier injected funds into the Club, investing in players, logistics and equipment which saw them win the 2016 NPFL for the first time in 32 years.
In a statement by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, he stated the following:
Therefore, in order to ensure the total revitalization and re-positioning of the club for future challenges, I have decided to take the following measures:
The Board and Management of Rangers Corporation are hereby dissolved.
The appointments of all contract staff of the Corporation are hereby terminated.
All staff earlier seconded to Rangers Management Corporation, are hereby returned to their primary establishments.
The appointment of the club physician is hereby terminated with immediate effect and all Corporation and Club Property in his custody should be returned forthwith.
A panel of inquiry for a diagnostic investigation of the problems of Rangers FC will be set up shortly.
The panel above will also articulate a Road Map for Rangers FC.
The Rangers Management Corporation Law will be amended to align it with the said Road Map and must specifically enthrone the following: (a) Robust Governance Structure with clear reporting with clear reporting lines in keeping with international best practices. (b) Transparent accountability framework.
A New Board and Management of Rangers Corporation will be constituted with clear and complementary roles for delivery of the strategic goals of the Football Club as would be enshrined in the proposed amendment in the Rangers Management Corporation Law.
The new Rangers Board and Management must hunt and recruit good players directly without any intervening football club. Rangers players must henceforth be, wholly owned by Rangers FC.
The new Board and Management will identify and engage a competent technical crew.
The timeline for attainment of the above objectives will be six weeks.
The Governor thanked the members of the previous Management Board for their services rendered. He also reassured the players that the issues on ground did not affect them and all salaries and allowances will be paid as at when due.
Christian Chukwu is the first sacked coach after the end of the season just like Frank de Boer of Crystal Palace. Christian Chukwu was appointed Coach of Rangers FC by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi before the start of the season. He was Captain and also Former Coach of the Super Eagles.