I Will Like To Terminate My Contract With Rangers – Maikaba …Two-match Ultimatum Is A Wake Up Call – Enugu State Govt.
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By Amaechi Agbo
The midweek matchday 4 clash in the 2023 Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL between Niger Tornadoes of Minna and Rangers International FC of Enugu will be a critical encounter as the “Flying Antelopes” will battle not just to claim the three points at stake, but also the technical crew will preserve their jobs with a victory.
Any result outside victory could see the entire technical crew headed by Abdul Maikaba, sacked.
This is coming after the former Plateau United and Enyimba FC gaffer made an appeal to meet the Rangers owners to “terminate his contract” with the seven-time NPFL winners, if he is the problem of the team.
Speaking after the team were forced to play a one-one draw with visiting Sunshine Stars in Awka on Sunday, an emotional Maikaba said he needs to meet the state government to terminate his contract mutually since he has done everything possible to improve the team’s performance but results are not coming.
“We have worked so hard to make sure we improve the fortunes of Rangers, unfortunately, things are not going the way we want.
“I will like, before our next game, if it is going to be possible, to meet the representatives of the Government of Enugu State to terminate my contract with Rangers if I am the problem of the team,” he said.
He added that the problem of the team is beyond “technical” stress his willingness to leave the club if he is the cog in the wheels of Rangers progress
“I really love this team, they have treated me so well but if I am the problem, I will like the contract to be terminated on mutual consent. I will like to do that.
“The problem of Rangers, I don’t think it is purely technical and (this) is not the forum to discuss the whole problem. But to make it better for the team, if really I am the problem, it’s better I leave so that the team will progress.”
Our Two-match Ultimatum Is Wake Up Call – Commissioner
However, the commissioner for youth and sports, Enugu State, Manfred Nzekwe has stated that the government will not be in a hurry to ring changes in Rangers technical crew even as they have played one out of their two-match ultimatum.
Speaking with journalists on Saturday, the commissioner said that in an event the technical crew failed to lead the team to two victories in their next two games, a decision will have to be made.
“We don’t have a problem with Rangers. that (the letter of ultimatum) is a wake up call and we believe that they are going to win the two matches and more others. It has not come to the situation of whether if you don’t win the two matches you will be sacked,” Nzekwe said when asked if the technical crew would be sacked if they fail to win their next two matches.
“But when we get to that bridge, we are going to cross it. We have the confidence and belief that after that letter and discussion, there is going to be a great improvement because this is the first session that Maikaba is taking full charge.
“He came almost at the start of last year’s league, when the formation is already on ground, but this period, he is the one in charge. We just want to remind him that he is the one in charge as a coach. We believe, we have confidence and trust what he is going to do. He is not a new coach, he is an experienced Coach.
“The letter we gave is a wake up call not only to Maikaba (Abdul) but also to all the members of the technical crew and the players,” he concluded
Rangers are 9th in Group B of the abridged 2022 NPFL league table with one point from three matches.
The three best team in each Group A and B will qualify for the Super 6 final where the champion will be decided while the two bottom teams each will be relegated.