Mr Fidelis Ilechukwu, the new coach of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu, has pledged to win trophies for the Coal City giants.
Ilechukwu spoke on Thursday during a radio programme monitored by our reporter. He said he knew the value attached to the Wide Antelopes, as Rangers are popularly called, and would ensure that the club were placed where they belong.
He said, “I have come to coach an international team. I’ll deliver with the help of Enugu fans, the government and the media. I am a grassroots coach. I did it at Mountain of Fire Ministries FC. I was also with Plateau Union FC of Jos. Now I am here to handle an international club.”
He said the present crop of players of the club were being reviewed, adding that, “Those that are not well enough would be made to go. We shall look towards grassroots players in the state. This is to motivate local footballers.”
On his expectations in the coming football season, Ilechukwu said, “I’ll win the league. I want to return Rangers to continental competitions.”
Barr Ugwuaro, secretary of Rangers Management Board, said, “We have not had a coach of Ilechukwu’s calibre in this context. We needed a coach that understands values attached to Rangers by an average Igbo man. Rangers FC are among the memories of the Biafran heritage. We also needed somebody with energy, which Ilechukwu has.”
Ilechukwu replaces Abdul Maikaba who led Rangers to a second position in this year’s FA Cup competition.