Abdul Maikaba, the former coach of Rangers, has announced his departure from the Coal City club after two successful seasons. The announcement was made at an end-of-the-season gathering of players, coaches, management, and backroom staff on Thursday. Maikaba revealed that he won’t be re-negotiating his two-year contract that expired at the end of the national Federation Cup, Wednesday, June 22, 2023, citing family pressure as the major reason for his decision.
Maikaba expressed his gratitude to the government, management, players, coaches, and other staff of the club for the wonderful working relationship he experienced while his contract lasted. He also acknowledged the support of the fans and supporters throughout his tenure. The experienced gaffer emphasized that Rangers remains the only club that he was ending his contract with, all his entitlements fully paid, and it would always have a special place in his heart.
During his two seasons at Rangers, Maikaba led the team to compete for honors in various competitions and reached the final of this year’s Federation Cup. Although they lost narrowly in the final, the players showed tremendous grit and determination throughout the tournament, which impressed the fans and supporters. Maikaba was also pleased with the quality of the players he had the privilege to work with, stating that they were one of the best he had worked with, even though they peaked lately.
As a coach, Maikaba understands the importance of family and the need to give them attention. Therefore, he had to make a tough decision to prioritize his family’s needs. However, he hopes that the club will expedite efforts to return the team to Enugu to prosecute their matches in the coming seasons.
In conclusion, Maikaba’s departure from Rangers marks the end of a successful tenure that saw the team compete at the highest level. While the fans and supporters will miss his leadership, they wish him the best in his future endeavors.