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Why I dumped Enugu Rangers – Emordi

21 November 2013, 17:37Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Former coach of Enugu Rangers Okey Emordi has revealed the true reason why he left the Flying Antelopes.

Emordi resigned his position as coach of the Enugu side moment after helping the club to a fifth place finish with a 1-0 victory over El Kanemi in their last game of the Glo Nigerian Premier League 2012/13 season played on October 20.

Emordi accused top officials running the affairs of the club of poor and unprofessional handling of activities of the side.

“The top management don’t care about a professional way of doing things. So much bad image have been created and the name of the club was heading to disrepute, so I had to leave, he told News24 Nigeria.

Rangers were at loggerheads with Warri Wolves over the real ownership of Super Eagles pair of Sunday Mba and Chigozie Agbim.

Rangers also claimed the ownership of Shooting Stars goalkeeper Emmanuel Daniel, which led to their disqualification from the CAF Confederation Cup.

In July, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the disqualification of Rangers from the Confederation Cup, for featuring junior international Daniel in the competition.

In a letter addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, and dated 2nd July, CAF said it was basing its decision on documents and letters sent by the club Shooting Stars and its Chairman, which confirmed that -by the time the player was registered on December 24th, 2012, no agreement was found between Shooting Stars and Enugu Rangers for the player Daniel Emmanuel.

However, Rangers said they filed an appeal following their disqualification for fielding an in-eligible player, but later reports proved otherwise.

All these forced Emordi, who has won the CAF Champions League trophy as coach of Enyimba, to tender his resignation.

“I tried all I could to make sure the club did not go to relegation in the NPL so as not to tannish my image, because what happened to us on the continent is very shameful, the club management just do things the wrong way and would not listen to professional advice”.

“So after the blast of the whistle in our last game of last season I tendered my letter of resignation. I’ve had enough insult”, he concluded.

Rangers have since replaced Emordi with former U20 national team coach John Obuh.

Emordi, a former U23 national team handler said he looks forward to another coaching job elsewhere.


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