Rangers appoint former Super Eagles coach as new manager


Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Rangers International have appointed former Super Eagles assistant coach Sylvanus Okpala as their new head coach, Naijafootballplus.com can report.

According to Naijafootballplus.com sources inside Rangers camp, Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has approved the appointment of the former Green Eagles midfielder.

Okpala, has agreed a short term deal with the Enugu based club and he will take over as the team new head coach before the next matchday from Chukwuma Agbo who has been the interim coach since title winning coach Imama Amapakabo’s contract was terminated.

“The Governor has approved the appointment of Okpala, he will be unveil as the team new coach before the next league game. He was top favourite to take over when Imama Amapakabo was sacked but due to many domestic issues his appointment was delayed.

“Agbo has done an amazing job as interim coach, but with the situation of the club and the position on the log it is important the management added experience to the technical bench,” the sources revealed.

The 55-year old won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) as a player and coach. He was part of the squad that won Nigeria’s first ever AFCON title in 1980 and he assisted Stephen Keshi in 2013 as Nigeria won the title again in South Africa.

Rangers occupy 17th position on the NPFL table with 39 points from 31 matches, the Flying Antelopes will host Rivers United on Sunday in an NPFL matchday 32 encounter.

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