Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf has joined CAF Confederation Cup (CAFCC) group stage campaigners Rangers International as a Technical Assistant, reports www.aclsports.com
Yusuf, 57, arrived Enugu on Wednesday afternoon alongside former league hotshot Mangut Mbwas who will work under the former Enyimba head coach ahead of their continental campaign.
Rangers on Sunday placed their interim coach Benedict ‘Surugede’ Ugwu on indefinite suspension after results became untenable but with their first group game in the Confederation Cup coming on Sunday, the management received a bailout from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the mould of Yusuf.
Enugu State’s Commissioner for Sports Vitus Okechi explains the situation.
“It was after the Sunday incident that the NFF contacted us because they are interested in Rangers and they don’t want us to drop at this stage of the CAF Confederation Cup,” began Okechi on Wednesday evening.
“They want Rangers to progress so they asked to send a capable hand from the Super Eagles coaching crew to come and help out.
“It’s not as if we don’t have good players. We have good players but the problem is just the technical issue and of which we know that with the man on ground, we will be able to move the team forward.
“We believe they are going to stay long with us, especially as long as the CAF Confederation Cup aspect is concerned,” said Okechi.
Both Yusuf, currently the Super Eagles chief coach and Mbwas were at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium to watch the team’s training session before they take full charge on Thursday.
Rangers have a daunting task waiting for them in the mould of ambitious Egyptian side Pyramids on Match Day One of the group stage in Enugu on Sunday.