Monday, September 07, 2009

Rangers Hands Dike Huge Target Next Term

Globacom Premier League side, Enugu Rangers, may have given its new technical adviser, Alphonsus Dike, a target of qualifying the club for one of the CAF-organised club competitions in 2011.
The Flying Antelopes as Enugu Rangers is called last featured in any CAF-organised club competition in 2006 when it was eliminated in the first round of the CAF Champions League.
Now the board of Enugu Rangers has made it clear to the new coaching crew of the club led by Dike that it would have to qualify for at least a continental club championship by the end of the 2009/2010 season.
An official of the club made this revelation known to over the weekend that the management of the Premier Division side has also made it clear that the Flying Antelopes should pick up a silverware within the two-year contract of Dike.
However, the club was not specific if it wanted its new coach to win the Premier League or the FA Cup (now known as the Federation Cup).
The former Golden Eaglets’ head coach was handed a two-year deal last week by Rangers with the assurance that his job would not be interfered with during the contract period.
“The appointment of Dike is believed to be a good one because he has been given a two-year deal by the board of the club. Inside the deal he has been told that he needs to win the club at least a trophy in the next two years and that is why they have decided to give him two years to do so. But no one can tell what will happen after the two years if he fails, but your guess is as good as mine. He has to also make sure that the club qualify for one of the African club competitions while he is in charge of the team in his two-year stay,” the official confided in
The board of the Flying Antelopes, understands, is ready to back the new coaching crew with enough motivation to end its 25-year trophy drought.
Dike was appointed by Rangers last week after the contract of former coach, Christian Chukwu, was not renewed when it expired last season.
The new technical adviser of the Flying Antelopes was picked ahead of the likes of David Egbiri, Sunday Ebiri, David Adiele and Andrew Aniagboso.
Dike would be assisted by Innocent Abana, and John Ede. Abana is to serve as chief coach, while Ede has been given the role of assistant coach.
Former goalkeeper of the club, Victor Okoh, is the new Team Manager.

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