Former Enugu Rangers coach Benedict Ugwu has claimed to be unaware why he was sacked by the Nigeria Professional Football League club.
Ugwu’s reign at Rangers did not last as he was shown the exit door just five games into the season following three straight losses in the NPFL; to MFM (home), Rivers United (away) and Akwa Starlets (home) in November.
“I don’t know what happened. And I don’t know why, but I’ve heard people saying my assistants sabotaged me probably to get favour,” Ugwu told Completesports.com in a no holds barred chat.
“How true that is, why they should do that if indeed it is true, I do not know. But I can only leave them to their conscience. God should be the ultimate judge between me and them.”
Ugwu was sacked in a most disgracing way. Few minutes before the final whistle in their 2-0 defeat at home by newly-promoted Akwa Starlets, at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, an enraged Vitus Okechi – the Commissioner for Sports, Enugu State, took over the microphone from the stadium announcer and announced the immediate and indefinite suspension of Ugwu and his backroom staff.
He was replaced with Super Eagles assistant coach, Salisu Yusuf.
Ugwu as a Rangers centre-back won several trophies with the Flying Antelopes and had a spell with the senior national team, the Super Eagles.