Enugu Rangers coach, Gbenga Ogunbote is elated at winning his first ever silverware in his coaching career which is almost two decades old.
His first trophy was earned on Wednesday when the Flying Antelopes defeated Kano Pillars on penalty to win the 2018 Aiteo Cup at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.
“It feels great winning my first major title and not just winning it, but doing it in grand style,” the former Enyimba coach said.
“What makes you a good coach is your performance. People will say, if you want continental ticket, go for Ogunbote but we’re talking of trophies here and I hope it will not cease anymore.”
Ogunbote joined Rangers at the start of the last Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season after having left his former employers Enyimba where he also spent a season.
The last time he led a team to continental football was in 2012 as the coach of Sunshine Stars while insisting that the terms must be right if he should continue.
“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?” queried 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.