Enugu Rangers coach Okey Emordi: Only better player motivation will bring trophies

The former Enyimba trainer laments the 28-year trophy drought at the once mighty club and hopes that his reign will return the club to better times

Okey Emordi, new coach of Nigeria Premier League side Rangers International, has stated that players need to be better motivated if the club hopes to win trophies this season.

Emordi, who is making a fifth return to the club he once played for, revealed that the only remedy that can solve the years of not winning a trophy is for the government of Enugu to adequately motivate the team.

"It is shameful that a club of that magnitude has not won any trophy for the past 30 years. It is not something that anybody should celebrate. I played for this club and I know what it is to win trophies every season,” Emordi told Goal.com.

"But a lot has happened over the years and for it to change, the government must know that it is good to motivate the players and make them happy at all times. I know they are doing their best, but they must do more.”

Traditional eastern Nigeria team Rangers finished in the middle of the pack last season, failing to live up to their high standards. The last time they won the league title was in 1984. Their popularity has been eclipsed by younger teams such as Enyimba, that were until recently coached by Emordi.

"I have looked at the kind of players in the team and the only way the best can come out of them is to make them happy and when they are happy, they will give their best,” said Emordi.

"Every other thing will surely fall into place when the players know that their welfare is top priority. I know the owners of the club will do their best because we want to make sure that the club win at least one trophy this season," said the trainer.