Rangers hook Ogunbote as coach, Owumi returns in GM role

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Source: LMC Media
Source: LMC Media

Seven-time Nigerian champions Enugu Rangers have appointed Gbenga Ogunbote as head coach and brought in former striker Davidson Owumi as general manager.

The two men were presented to the public in an unveiling ceremony inside the government house of Enugu State goverment which finances the club.

Ogunbote comes in to replace Sylvanus Okpala who worked briefly as head coach after the club first parted ways with Imama Amapakabo who led them to a first league title in 32 years last season and then Chukwuma Agbo who worked in caretaker capacity.

Owumi who has played for the club and served in different capacities return to the Enugu club as general manager.

Under his previous spell as CEO of the club, Owumi played major role in their qualifying to play in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Ogunbote knows he has to hit the ground running when the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season begins.

He also spoke of his time at Enyimba and remains happy that he was able to guide them to finish in the top-three last season in the league.

“I have a name and must protect it by doing a good job here (in Enugu). I have my target with this club and hopefully I will achieve that here.

“At Enyimba, I had the challenge to win a continental ticket and achieving that was good for me because they are a big club that wants to play on the continent always. So I am looking forward to achieving bigger things with Rangers,” said Ogunbote.

Rangers finished a disappointing 14th place last season with 53 points.

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