While many Rangers International of Enugu fans are still basking in the euphoria of winning the Aiteo Cup after a 35-year drought, Coach Gbenga Ogunbote has thrown his future at the club into doubt.
Rangers surprised Many Nigeria Football faithfuls by coming back from three goals deficit to beat Kano Pillars in the 2018 Aiteo Cup Final in Asaba on Wednesday, However. Ogunbote who also won his first managerial trophy in the process, Said his future at the club is not certain but still has a year left on his current deal.
He moved to Rangers at the start of the last NPFL season after dumping Enyimba FC, where he just spent a season.
Ogunbote, who has not managed at continental level since he led Sunshine Stars to the semi-finals of CAF Champions League back in 2012, said playing in the continent again is good, but not the most important thing to him and there are a lot of factors to be considered, regarding his future at the club.
“I can’t say this (taking Rangers to the continent) emphatically because once you are not the owners of the institution, there is little you can do. I had a year’s contract with Rangers so if I said I wanted to stay and they say they don’t want me, what would I do ? ,asked Ogunbote.
“It’s not that I always like to leave after a year. For instance, it’s not as if Enyimba didn’t want to renew my contract last year but there was something we didn’t agree on because when you work, you want good comfort. The type of work that you know will not be absolutely comfortable with, you don’t take it. I thought about it that I won’t be comfortable totally with the terms so I left.
“Playing on the continent is not the most important thing but whichever thing you do, you get God’s blessing,” he concluded.
By winning the Aiteo Cup, Enugu Rangers will now represent Nigeria in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.