Rangers International and the three game ultimatum

As is characteristic with Nigerian football, managers press the panic button when it seems things are not going right with their team.

Enugu based Rangers International have not won a trophy anywhere in the world for thirty years, their last being in 1984 when they won the Nigerian League.

But that is far from their current troubles. As this season, like many others since 1984 has not been rosy for them.

Their season started with a 2-1 loss to Enyimba in Aba on the 16th of March, then they beat Kano Pillars 2-1 in Enugu six days later, before encountering a series of poor results both home and away.

After losing to Giwa FC in a rescheduled game in Jos, the management of the team gave the players and coaches a three game ultimatum to “deliver” or else.

In the first of the three games on Sunday at home to Sunshine Stars, Rangers ended it 0-0.

How ultimatums work

Now maybe it is different in other climes but ultimatums have a way of working in Nigeria.

It is either the coaches are sacked if the fortunes of the team do not change or they are all placed on half salary until things get better.

That is how it has been done in the Nigerian League for as long as memory serves us.

Half salary?

Time for the LMC to earn their stripes.

The League Management Company, LMC who run the League have instituted a lot of changes in the way these clubs are managed.

One of them is insisting players and officials sign contracts for upwards on one year and in most cases three years.

I have not seen these contracts but I am sure that nowhere in them states that players can have their salaries cut in half if the club does not top the table after seven weeks.

While waiting for the third of the three match ultimatum and what the management of Rangers will do, an eye will be kept on the LMC if they will sit back and allow players’ welfare/ rights to be trampled on.

Will the Rangers players and coaches be placed on half salary like has happened in the past? We do not know yet, but one thing we know is that John Obuh, head coach of the side and his players are currently under lots of pressure to perform or else…
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