Mr. Christian Chukwu
Not happy over the dismal outing of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu at the close of the national league season and the continuous rancour in the club, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, last night relieved the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Mr. Christian Chukwu, of his position.
The governor, who announced this at a dinner and postmortem session organised for the management and staff of the club at the Exco Chambers, Government House, took other sweeping decisions in a bid to revitalise and reposition the club for future challenges.
He also dissolved the board and management of Rangers Management Corporation, as well as terminated the appointments of all contract staff of the corporation.
The governor also said: “All staff earlier seconded to Rangers Management Corporation are hereby returned to their parent establishments.
“The appointment of the Club physician is hereby terminated with immediate effect and all corporation/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 roadmap for Rangers FC.”
He also disclosed that the Rangers Management Corporation Law would be amended to align with the planned roadmap, adding that it must specifically enthrone a robust governance structure with clear reporting lines in keeping with international best practices, as well as have a transparent accountability framework.
He said that the new board and management of Rangers Management Corporation would 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,” Ugwuanyi said.
Justifying his action, the governor said: “Before I came into office as the governor of Enugu State, Rangers International Club of Enugu was tottering on the brink of collapse. For 32 years, it had won no trophy and had lost all, but its iconic status as one of the nation’s most respected club sides.
“However, fully conscious of what the club represents, not only for Enugu State, but the entire Igbo race, I decided to take up the challenge of revitalizing the club and restoring it to its hitherto pre-eminent position in Nigerian and African soccer circles.