Coach Sylvanus Okpala and his assistants have been sacked by Enugu Rangers chief executive Christian Chukwu, who says he plans to bring new life to the deposed league kings.
Okpala guided Rangers through seven matches in the concluded season in which the club struggled to survive relegation, finishing the campaign on 13th position with 53 points.
The coach played for Rangers and was a member of the Green Eagles squad who won the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations.
He also helped late Stephen Keshi tinker the Super Eagles who won AFCON 2013 in South Africa.
Also sacked are the executive committee of ‘The Flying Antelopes’.
Chukwu told Scorenigeria.com.ng that he took the decision in order to usher in a fresh beginning at the club.
“We took the decision to inject new life into the club”, Chukwu said.
“We are yet to decide if any of the sacked management or technical crew will have to re-apply if such a person still have the desire to be part of the coming management committee or technical crew.”
However, when contacted over the new development, coach Okpala said he was hearing it for the first time from Scorenigeria.com.ng
“I’m hearing this for the first time from you”, he said.
Okpala took over Rangers coaching job from Chukwuma Agbo following disappointing performance in the concluded season.
Agbo was assistant coach to Imama Amapakabo and took over headship of the team following the dismissal of Amapakabo.
By Sab Osuji