NPFL: Chukwu Hopeful Of Rangers’ Revival (AUDIO)

Rangers International legend Christian Chukwu is optimistic that the ongoing re-organization at the club will see the team get back on track after an unimpressive start to the season.

The Flying Antelopes are languishing in 19th place in the 20-team 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) table with one win, one draw and three losses, garnering four points from a possible 15 (although with two outstanding matches).

On the continental scene, the 7-time NPFL champions got their CAF Confederation Cup campaign off to a disappointing start when they were humiliated 3-1 by Pyramids of Egypt at their Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium home ground, which was followed by a 4-2 spanking in their second group game away to Egypt’s Al Masry on Sunday.

A string of poor results led to the sacking of former coach Benedict Ugwu, with the NFF recently deploying Super Eagles chief coach Salisu Yusuf to the club in a stop-gap measure to remedy the situation.

The former Super Eagles captain and coach, however, revealed that the team’s crisis would be remedied in good time to return the Enugu-based side to its pride of place in the top flight.

“You can see now that some measures have been taken,” the ex-Rangers star said. “At least, the NFF have given us a coach (Salisu Yusuf) and we got another coach (Mangut Mbwas) in addition. You know that they (the coaches) just came in and the team is trying to re-organise. It is not going to be easy, but with time, we will come back to what we used to be.

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“They are also trying to motivate the players and everybody. With time, the team will come back. It is not going to be easy. By the time these coaches will settle down, because the team has started improving, the playing now has started improving, and with time, we’ll start seeing the result,” Chukwu promised.