Rangers International F.C of Enugu, the ‘Flying Antelopes’, has officially engaged and unveiled coach Fidelis Ilechukwu as the club’s technical adviser to take the place of coach Abdul Maikaba who did not wish to re-negotiate his contract after it lapsed at the end of the 2022/2023 football season.
The brief ceremony happened at the club’s corporate office, G.R.A, Enugu, Wednesday, with hordes of the sporting press around to see the event which had the club’s living legend, Chief Christian Chukwu (Mfr) the technical director of the club; Enugu state F.A chairman, Tony Ugwu, who was represented by a board member of the association, Foster Chime; national chairman of Rangers football club supporters club, Dr. Orji Iloakazi and many other critical stakeholders of the club.
After being presented with the club’s replica jerseys, coach Ilechukwu said, “I must first give thanks to the government of Enugu state, the management of Rangers International F.C, supporters, and the media who are very important in this business. I am so happy to be here as I am very positive about making things work here and getting the needed results to take Rangers to the level it rightly belongs in the two years I have signed.”
While introducing the former M.F.M F.C, Heartland and Plateau United gaffer, the Administrative Secretary of the club, Barrister Ferdinand Ugwuarua, said, “I really want to appreciate God for making this event a reality, just as we owe a lot to the sports-loving governor of Enugu state, H.E, Barrister Peter Mbah, the executive governor for graciously approving this event as well as all critical stakeholders that came out for this event of signing and unveiling of our new technical adviser, coach Fidelis Ilechukwu. This young coach has all it takes to improve his curriculum vitae, and we are solidly behind him to lead us to countless triumphs on the domestic scene for us to have a shot at the continent again.”
He further said, “After our last coach, Abdul Maikaba failed to renew his contract at the end of last season, we quickly went ahead with our program by going out in search of a perfect replacement which we found in coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and today, we present him to the sporting media and other stakeholders as we believe that he has what it takes to lead the club to a high place where the club rightly belong.”
Chief Christian Chukwu in a brief remark, stated, “The right thing has been done by the way the management went and got coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and we are going to give him the support to succeed.”
After the activities at the corporate office of the club, the coach was taken to see the players’ camp where the gymnasium, sick bay, and other facilities are located and he was thrilled with what he saw on the ground.