Coach Sylvanus Okpala, former Nigerian international and Rangers player, said this morning that he has not been contacted to takeover duties as Rangers manager.
In the heat of the wholesale disbandment of the technical crew last night, following three consecutive losses in the Premier League, Club officials resolved that Okpala should take over as technical manager.
Brilla FM Radio said this morning that Okpala has been contacted at Awka and he denies being in touch with Enugu officials for any coaching job.
Asked if he would accept the job if eventually offered, he became ambivalent.
“I am in Awka; when the time comes, we’ll see,” he said.
At the same time, the former Rangers player said he would have preferred that the sacked coach, Benedict Ugwu aka Surugede, be given a second chance.
“I don’t think He was doing badly; if you ask my opinion I would have suggested ‘Surugede’ be given time, it is too early in the season. He has qualified the team for thee Confederation Cup Group stage as well,” he said.
In what appears like a feeling of esprit de corps, he advised Rangers Management Corporation to reconsider the sacking of Surugede because “he hasn’t done badly and he was a good player in his days.”