Still on issue trailing the suspension few weeks before the end of the first round of the 2016/2017, Nigeria Professional Football League legend and Chief Executive Officer of Enugu Rangers, Christian Chukwu, OFR, has strongly rebuffed talks about former NPFL title winning coach, Imama Amakapabo being sabotaged, leading to his eventual suspension few weeks before the end of the first round of the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League,
Amakapabo, a former Nigeria junior international goalkeeper, ended Rangers 32-year-old title drought with last season’s NPFL title haul.
But strings of embarrassing results in the domestic top flight and an early exit from the CAF Champions League in the hands of Zamalek of Egypt as well as a 2-2 draw in the first leg of the CAF Confederation Cup twisted the arms of the Enugu club to hand him indefinite suspension and eventual sacking.
Amakapabo saw his ouster as product of sabotage, insisting this was so because players he wanted to bolster the squad with were not cleared by the hierarchy of the club.
Chukwu, a former coach of the club and ex-Super Eagles gaffer ,reckons such claims were unfounded.
“There is nothing about sabotage here, I must say, even though I’m not in a position to talk on that because I just came in as General Manager,” Chukwu states .
“These things happened under the former administration. “So I don’t know the reason those players were not cleared. Maybe there was no funds.
“But even when they were not cleared, we had the bulk of our last season’s squad that won the league still intact.
“We didn’t lose any player during the transfer window. “But he should have started with the players that won the league last season. “If he had done that, maybe we wouldn’t have been in the position we are in right now.
“I wasn’t there before but since I came on board, I’ve been able to identify some of the problems and I’m tackling them.”