Fidelis Ilechukwu: “I Will Build On The Foundation Laid By Abdul Maikaba At Rangers Int’l


Newly appointed head coach of Rangers International Fidelis Ilechukwu believes he already has all the necessary ingredients in place to make his time at the Cathedral a success.

Addressing Let’s Gist Naija Football during an interview session on Sunday, the former MFM FC, Heartland and Plateau United boss explained what attracted him to the Flying Antelopes, the legacy left by his predecessor Abdu Maikaba and what he hopes to achieve at the club.

“Rangers International is one of the biggest teams in Nigeria. We would take things one at a time, it’s very important to start the foundation gradually.

“Abdul Maikaba did very well for Rangers in the 2022/23 season. Don’t forget that he is one of the best brains we have in Nigeria. The team finished second in the Federation Cup despite their struggles in the league. Don’t forget that Rangers played away from home throughout last season.

Maikaba did a great job, I will continue from there. The technical decision and playing style of the team would come from me. The financial aspect is very important. We also need to look at the Academy and see what is on ground. I intend to give a couple of young players the chance to showcase themselves. We need to build for the future. The age of the players is very essential because of the business part of it for Rangers”. He added.

When asked about being nervous to handle a that has been previously coached by the likes of Daniel Anyiam, Kosta Papić, Chairman Christian Chukwu, Alphonsus Dike, Okey Emordi, Imama Amapakabo, Gbenga Ogunbote and Abdul Maikaba he said he is not nervous stating that some of the aforementioned names are his mentors he also added that he has worked some big coaches in the National team and that he has the experience that would bring him succees with the club.

“The big names you mentioned are my teachers, mentors and fathers. I have worked with a lot of big coaches in the national team and learned a lot. I have the experience needed to put Rangers back in the map. Rangers is a big club and there is no excuse not to deliver. I want to concentrate on the job and achieve beyond what other coaches have done for the club”.

“Ilechukwu is one of the best in terms of managerial skills. As a Manager you need to give people freedom of speech and find a way to bring out the best from them. No one is an Island. You can’t be successful without people crucifying and stating their minds. I am ready to answer question at anytime. All these would help us raise a formidable team capable of competing” he added.


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