–Says breaking club’s 30-year trophy drought is top priority
Kelechi Emeteole has revealed that breaking Enugu Rangers title drought is top on his priority after the former Heartland of Owerri gaffer was Friday appointed as technical adviser of the club.
“That’s part of the challenge, in fact, that’s the major assignment”, Emeteole said when Complete Sports called him up on his mobile phone.
Rangers have not lifted any silverware in the past 30 years.
“It doesn’t depict the status of the club that in the last 30 years Rangers have been mere participants in Nigerian football. When we begin work, we’ll see how we go about this”.
Belgian coach, Maurice Cooreman and Sylvanus Okpala were also linked to the job with Cooreman thought to have landed the plum job.
Emeteole said he was pleased to be called upon to manage the Coal City Flying Antelopes.
“It’s always with a great feeling. I’m an ex-player of Rangers. Till now I’m a member of the ex-Rangers Players Association so I’m coming back to my home, where I truly belong”, the man called Caterpillar said.
He said he had no hard feelings quiting Heartland.
“Owerri is my home; it’s where I live and trained all my children there. No matter where I go, I’ll always return back to Owerri because that’s where I have my family home.
“I’ve no hard feelings leaving Heartland, I’ve been on and off in the club and I enjoyed every moment of my stay there.
“I love the club, remember Ialso played for it when it was known as Spartans, I love the atmosphere around the club and the supporters. I wish them luck.”
Emeteole missed the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations after he picked an injury while with the Green Eagles camp.
“At that time, the National Sports Commission, NSC, chairman, Akioye flew me to Yugoslavia where I had 19 stitches, that’s how I missed the Nations Cup that year”, Emeteole lamented.