Trouble brewing at Rangers’ camp

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  • Tug-of-war over control of the club between former chairman Mukhtar and manager Ongeri could scuttle preparations ahead of opening match

Trouble is brewing at Rangers FC over which officials should be in charge of the club.

The previous office under the chairmanship of Mukhtar Abdallahi and secretary O’Brien Weuli have seemingly been managing the club but their tenure has been challenged by team manager Yobes Ongeri after he was purportedly sacked.

“They cannot sack me. They are not officials of Rangers. As of now Rangers has no officials and is being run be the technical bench under me as the team manager,” Ongeri said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Ongeri wondered how the officials, who are all employees of Postal Corporation, could still be running the club yet their company had officially withdrawn from sponsoring the team.

Passed resolution

Efforts to contact Abdallahi were fruitless as his cell phone went unanswered.

Ongeri said that Rangers had yet to forward their list of club officials to the Kenyan Premier League.

And in a new twist to the development, Ongeri tabled the club’s constitution which showed that the change of Posta Rangers to Rangers could only be finalised after two thirds of the members passed a resolution for the change. He said that he was a founder member of the club who had interest in its continuing existence.

Posta Rangers was formed in 2006 and acquired their short-lived, multi-million sponsorship from Postal Corporation last year when they got promoted to the KPL.

Postal officially withdrew their sponsorship in January but club officials assured KPL that they would participate in the league under the name Rangers.

Will face Gor Mahia

Correspondences of the club have been handled by Wejuli as secretary

Team captain Pascal Ochieng said the players had now gone several weeks without being paid their allowances.

“We are not even sure if we will get our salaries. We are not sure who the officials are but we just want to play football,” the former international said.

Ongeri, who was sacked by Postal Corporation, said they were shopping for sponsorship and had a good team that would do well in the league.

Ongeri said he was the team manager of the technical bench that has David Ouma as coach, assisted by Michael Namu. Rangers begin their season at home to Gor Mahia this Saturday.

There is already a tussle at the club over who will manage the gate collections expected to be a bounty because of the large following Gor Mahia commands.


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