Enugu Rangers

Heads are set to roll at NPFL club Enugu Rangers after the Agu Caleb Agu 13-member probe panel submitted its report to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

The committee, Scorenigeria.com.ng understands, made some startling revelations especially in the area of players transfer and sign on fees and strongly recommended for stiff penalties against those found wanting.

Scorenigeria.com.ng further scooped that four out of six accountants who have worked with the Coal City Flying Antelopes since 2009 were indicted just as a former key official of the club was fingered in fraud and converting club property into personal use.

“The worst was that he even sold some cars belonging to the club and only came to the panel to say the vehicles were auctioned”, a government house Enugu official said.

“But when he was asked to produce the letter of authorisation from government to auction the vehicles, he could not.

“One club bus was even recovered from his house by the probe panel”.

While government’s white paper on the report of the panel is still being awaited, it was gathered that the panel was more irked with the way and manner proceeds from players transfer overseas was diverted to personal use.

“There were players whose transfer proceeds never entered into Rangers account. So many things really went wrong and going by the painstaking efforts of the panel and their recommendations, many heads will indeed roll if government acted on the report”, the official added.

Meanwhile, Rangers screening exercise is continuing at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, with one of the transit coaches informing they were only recruiting young players mainly from the Coal City State.

“At the moment, our last season players are not on ground. We are only for some young players, mainly of Enugu origin,” the stop-gap coach told SCORENigeria

“Just a few of them that could be injected into the main Rangers team.”

Rangers woes appears compounded with government’s inability to appoint a substantive general manager for Rangers following the dismissal of Christian Chukwu, with few weeks to the commencement of the 2017/2018 NPFL season which has tentatively been slated for next month.

At the moment, no top player has come around for enlistment into Rangers because there is no key official to hold transfer talks with.

 

By Sab Osuji

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